An Eastpointe resident was surprised to find this ball python lying in his backyard. Eastpointe Animal Control subsequently took custody of the animal.

An Eastpointe resident was surprised to find this ball python lying in his backyard. Eastpointe Animal Control subsequently took custody of the animal.

Photo provided by Brian Pylar


Python discovered in backyard of Eastpointe home

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 2, 2020

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EASTPOINTE — Some Eastpointe residents got a surprise in their backyard after a python was discovered on the loose Sept. 25.

Eastpointe Animal Control Officer Brian Pylar was dispatched to a home in the area of Rein Avenue and Stephens Drive after receiving a call about a 4-foot-long ball python.

“A resident was cutting his grass and he noticed it right before he got to it,” said Pylar. “At first he didn’t know what it was, but then he approached it and saw it was a snake. It was just laying there basking in the sun.”

Pylar is attempting to see if the snake’s owner can be found. If not, the snake will remain in the care of the reptile specialist who has custody of it now.

“The snake was transferred to a reptile specialist. Because they’re not native to Michigan, it will be used for education purposes instead of being adopted out,” he said. “It is legal to own it. It’s actually sort of a beginner snake that can be bought at pet stores. It’s one of the bigger ball pythons I’ve seen. They have teeth and can bite, which are very sharp, but they are in no way deadly.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Eastpointe Animal Control at (586) 445-5100.

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