August 17, 2014 5:44 pm

Spruce Grove residents asked to be on the lookout for missing python

Watch above: Spruce Grove RCMP are warning residents about a loose Blood Python.

EDMONTON – A Spruce Grove woman has taken out an ad on Kijiji in hopes of finding her boyfriend’s Blood Python, Bandit.

RCMP and Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers have been called in to investigate, after the three-foot long snake escaped from the man’s home in the Aspenglen area on Thursday.

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According to the Kijiji ad, the man believes he left Bandit on the deck and forgot to bring him inside before going to sleep.

Officers say they have consulted with a reptile expert who says the python poses virtually no threat to public safety.

“They’re not considered offensive in nature and more than likely it’s probably quite scared and hiding away from people,” said Cst. Kathleen Fossen with Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP.

Due to the cooler Alberta climate, Fossen says the python is likely hiding in a warm place, such as a hollowed out tree.

“Unfortunately, it is very likely that this snake will not last long outdoors,” she said. “The climate is not hospitable for this type of snake, so it probably will succumb to the elements in a fairly short period of time.”

Bandit is orange in colour with brown and black markings. Anyone who sees the snake is being asked not to approach it, but call RCMP at 780-962-2222.

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