Ball Python Found on Bus Up for Adoption in Palo Alto

Last month, a young ball python was found on a Palo Alto bus. This month, the reptile will hopefully find itself a less mobile home.

As abc7 reports, a ball python was discovered by the passengers riding a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus through Palo Alto last month on September 27. To this day, no one is quite sure how the snake managed to infiltrate the vehicle, though it surely caused quite a commotion upon first sighting.

The snake was quickly captured after it was identified, the bus pulling over at the Encina Ave. and El Camino Real bus stop and being cleared of passengers. An animal control worker took the snake to Palo Alto Animal Services before it was transferred to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA after nine days of observation.

Named Rumplesnakeskin, workers for the PHS/SPCA suspect that the snake was once someone's pet. Despite this, no one has come forward to claim it even after announcements were made on social media and in the news. As such, the organization has moved forward with trying to find the snake a new home.

The organization is offering people the chance to come see Rumplesnakeskin in person and consider adoption, visitation held at the PHS/SPCA's Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. Hours of operations span all seven days of the week and run from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on weekdays, or 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekends.

For a dedicated caretaker, a ball python can make a great pet. Growing to be 2 to 3 feet in length in adulthood, they will live to 30 years of age if treated well. Despite their reputation, snakes can offer the same level of love and companionship people expect from cats and dogs. If you think you can take on the responsibility of caring for Rumplesnakeskin, you can find more information on adoption here.


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