Ball Python found behind Sonic Fryer


Thus, there are many things one might find hidden, forgotten, or just lost behind a deep fryer in a fast food restaurant. A spatula. A handful of old fries. The occasional chicken nugget.

However, employees of a Sonic Drive-in in Brunswick, Georgia, may be ahead of the race when it comes to the least likely things to find when on May 21, they discovered a python curled up behind their deep fryer. And what did the workers do after finding the reptile? Well, they did what any self-respecting individual could do. They ran. Rapidly.

Initially, local law enforcement was told by Sonic’s staff that the snake appeared to be brown in color, with a suspicious diamond on its back; and officers asked if the snake was poisonous. ‘When I saw him,’ police Lt. Matthew Wilson said Braunschweig NewsI recognized it as a ball python, not a rattlesnake.

Native to West and Central Africa, ball pythons are one of, if not the most popular species to keep as pets. Unlike rattlesnakes and pit vipers, ball pythons are not venomous, but rather capture and constrict their prey (rats, wild gerbils and other small rodents) and then swallow them using 100 inward-curving teeth. Typically, female ball pythons are larger than males, averaging three to four feet in length, with seven being considered the maximum.

Officer Wilson used a broomstick to deftly direct the python from behind the fryer and, once it had its head secure, was able to place it in a paper bag. According to the officer, the snake, which has already been taken in by a new owner, was likely released back into the community by its original human. “Sonic often leaves the back door open,” Wilson told The News, “and I think the snake, thirsty, hungry and cold, was on the hunt and found the [spaced behind the fryer] warm. They like the heat.


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