Burmese Python Found in Maryland Gets a New Home

Richard Smith captured 9-foot snake after he saw it heading for a drain during a storm Saturday

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013  |  Updated 12:01 PM EDT
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A Burmese python that was on the loose in a neighborhood in Bon Air has a new home.

Richard Smith captured the 9-foot snake after he saw it heading for a drain during a storm Saturday. The python is now being cared for by Vinny Ferraiolo, owner of Off the Ark Exotic Pets in Chester.

Smith said he knew the python was in trouble when he saw it and did the only thing he could think to do: He grabbed it by the tail, and pulled.

"When I grabbed it by the tail, it got real agitated..." he told WWBT-TV. "I tried to talk to it and say, 'I will help you. I'm going to help you.'"

He said he would have helped any kind of animal in need.

The python -- which, at 15 pounds, is underweight -- is now recooperating at Ferraiolo's shop. He said he thinks the python hadn't had a good meal in several months.

"He's thin," Ferraiolo told WWBT-TV. "I really believe that whoever had him probably wasn't taking good care of him... fought with the idea for a while... and then let him go."

Ferraiolo said many pet owners think it's illegal to own pythons, "so they won't turn them in" when they can no longer care for them.

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