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Last updated on Monday, October 21, 2013
(MITCHELL) - Mitchell police and conservation officers were notified Sunday night of a huge python stuck in the duct work of a mobile home.
According to Lakeside Estate Mobile Home managers Ronald and Phyllis White, the homeowners discovered the huge snake when they were repairing duct work at the mobile home.
"It is still in there," says Phyllis. "Several people were at lot 26 and saw the large snake. It had climbed up into the duct work."
The Whites are the new managers of the mobile home park and didn't realize that a resident had the snake.
"A person who lived at lot 14 had the snake as a pet and either it got too big or he just decided to let it go last summer," Phyllis says. "The snake then traveled to lot 26 and made its home."
When the White werecalled about the snake - he couldn't believe what he was hearing.
"He never expected to hear something like that," Phyllis says. "We were not sure what to do, so we called the police and they contacted the DNR."
According the Department of Natural Resource Public Relations Officer Bill Brown, DNR does not handle domestic animals and that is what a python is.
"We referred the Whites to an expert who handles nuisance animals," Brown says.
That person Bill Pannel, told the Whites the snake was too large for them to handle and advised the homeowners to shoot the snake.
"We couldn't do that," Phyllis says. "So it is still there. The man told the homeowners to get a sharp stick and poke at it until it came out."
They also told the homeowners, who were getting the mobile home ready to move into, that the snake was too big to get inside the home.
"We are not sure exactly how big it is, but you can see it moving and see it when you look into the duct work. It's huge. The couple have a child and they were worried about the snake getting into the house," Phyllis says. "But the man assured them it wouldn't and would only be able to crawl up into the insulation."
The Whites said they will keep us posted on when and if the snake is captured.
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