Reptile Show

It’s been one month since a large yellow python escaped its home in the Alberta area of Tuscaloosa. And while there is still no sign of it (except on Twitter), there were snakes aplenty at the reptile show on July 16.

The Tuscaloosa Public Library hosted Yarbrough’s Educational Reptiles and Snake Show, attracting hundreds. The mission of the show is to educate folks, including children, about reptiles and squash many misconceptions people have about the not-so-cuddly creatures.

“Snakes are awesome and I think people misjudge them as dangerous killers,” attendee Zaine Raymond said.

Most of the interest was in Banana Pudding, the 11-foot-long albino python that, other than size, is a spitting image of the snake loose in Tuscaloosa. Snake expert Lori Feazell gave some insight on what the missing python may be up to.

“He’s probably somewhere warm, keeping his body thermo-regulated, she said. “The pythons are tropical snakes, so they require a lot of sunshine and good, warm weather. The thing about it is, they can go and eat maybe once or twice in a whole year. So it’s not like he’s going to be out looking for a lot of food because they can go without eating.”

As we have explained before, pythons are not venomous. The constrictors can often, like Banana Pudding, be very sweet. WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton asked him where his sneaky cousin, the Tuscaloosa python, is and she assures that this snake is no rat.

“They don’t have a sense of direction, so it’s not like he knows this is his home territory,” Feazell said. “So he could really be anywhere.”

That is not usually the reaction children have for snakes, but through this educational show, plenty of myths and misconceptions were debunked. Tuscaloosa city councilman Kip Tyner represents the district where the python went missing. He said his residents are still living on edge.

“A snake that size can get most anywhere it wants,” Tyner said. “Crawlspaces, under homes … So, proceed with caution, but they are considered very docile snakes, unless provoked. Then they can be aggressive.”

If you see the python missing from Tuscaloosa, call 911 immediately and report your location.

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