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July 22. 2013 9:30PM

Dartmouth fraternity snake still on lam in Hanover

HANOVER — A 3-foot ball python reported missing from a Dartmouth College fraternity house Friday is still on the loose, police Capt. Francis Moran said.

"The Hanover Police Department is asking the public to use caution if they come upon this snake, and call for assistance in its capture," police said in a news release.

The python lived in a tank in the Tabard house, a co-ed Greek organization at 3 Webster St.

"It's not resolved. They had a pet python in one of the rooms. It got out of the tank," Moran said Monday.

Police believe the snake escaped from a window, but it is possible the snake is still somewhere inside the house, Moran said.

The Dartmouth College Department of Safety and Security contacted Hanover police Friday asking for assistance; at that point the python had been missing from its tank for 24 hours.

Moran said ball pythons grow to about 6 feet in length. At 3 feet, the missing python would be a threat to small animals, he said.

"I'm sure this thing would be disturbing if someone came upon it," Moran said.

Dr. Sarah Curry of All Creatures Mobile Vet of Kingston said Monday that a 3-foot ball python would only be a mortal threat to animals such as mice, rats, guinea pigs or squirrels.

There is a chance it would be a threat to a kitten or a pocket-sized dog, such as a Chihuahua, she said.

"It's a python so it's not poisonous. Though it might bite you," she said.

It is unlikely to survive the winter if it is not found, she said, though the snake could go into hibernation mode if it found a suitable place such as a warm basement.

mpierce@newstote.com


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