CINCINNATI (FOX19) - If you’re missing your pet python, Franklin police want to hear from you.
Officers discovered the snake when they responded to a trespassing complaint about midnight Friday.
If not one claims the reptile by noon Friday, they will turn it over to an animal rescue.
Police say there’s nothing usual about the python species, which is native to Africa, turning up in Franklin.
“We get one about every year,” Police Chief Russ Whitman said in an email to FOX19 NOW.
Ball pythons are commonly kept as pets and the one found Friday looked well cared for.
The name ‘ball python’ refers to its tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened.
Ball pythons are the most commonly, and legally, traded live African animal under CITES, an international treaty aimed to protect endangered and threatened species.
If you happen to be missing a ball python, contact the Franklin Police Department at 937-746-2882.