Experts warn of snake safety after python escapes enclosure inside Mall of Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Two days after escaping, officials are still searching for the Python that left its enclosure from the Blue Zoo Aquarium inside the Mall of Louisiana.

Courtesy: St. George Fire Department

Since the snake was said to be missing, there’s one question everyone is asking about the 12-foot, 150 pound Burmese Python.

“How is that possible, he’s in a glass cage,” said Tasha Keelen.

“How did they lose a 12-foot yellow python and we’re still here,” said Brittaney Ferguson.

Documents from the St. George Fire Department show that the slithering snake went missing on Monday at about 2 a.m., but it wasn’t until 30 hours later that the staff made a call for help.

“I understand the snake is not venomous or anything, but you’re not going to find it with all these people here,” said Ferguson.

Experts say if you encounter the snake, fight your instinct and don’t run.

“I would not be able to do nothing, but freeze. I wouldn’t even lie to you. I wouldn’t even know, all I can holler is snake, snake,” said Keelen.

“I most likely would’ve ran, I mean, I burnt rubber out the parking lot when they first initially told me,” said Ferguson.

Instead, you should take safety precautions.

“If they happen to be at the mall and see this snake, they should reach out and contact security and let them know where they saw it. Don’t try to pick a snake up. You never really want to try that out if you’re not trained, and you’re confident enough, and being able to ID the snake, and make sure it’s not venomous,” said Baton Rouge Zoo’s Deputy Director Jim Fleshman

This reptile is quickly becoming a celebrity on social media, but people are still hoping it’s captured soon.

“If I see him, I hope I get a discount or something,” said Keelen.

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