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07/08/2018 13:50 EDT | Updated 07/09/2018 09:55 EDT

Six-Foot Ball Python Named Gypsy Goes Missing In Delta, B.C.

Police say the reptile isn't dangerous to humans.

File photo of newborn ball pythons rest together in Assagay, South Africa.
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File photo of newborn ball pythons rest together in Assagay, South Africa.

If you live in or near Delta, B.C., you might want to keep an eye out for Gypsy, a six-foot ball python that has been on the loose for over a week now.

Gypsy is six feet long and about eight inches thick, with dark caramel colouring. She escaped in a farmer's field in Ladner on June 30, police said in a release on Saturday. She hasn't been seen since.

Delta Police had their first run-in with Gypsy last month when she and her owner were found sleeping outside a Walmart at Tsawwassen Commons mall.

"Man and snake... were noted to be cooperative and polite" when officers asked them to leave, police said. They relocated to the man's minivan.

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A snake breeder holds a ball python in Assagay, South Africa.

But there's some good news: ball pythons aren't dangerous to humans.

"It's not a venomous snake," police spokesperson Cris Leykauf said in the release. "Apparently these are popular pets among snake owners because they have more of a docile temperament."

In fact, they're called ball pythons because they curl up into a ball when they're stressed or scared, she added. They primarily eat rats, mice, and birds.

If you spot Gypsy, don't panic — just call 911, police say.

Gypsy's escape is far from the first time people's long exotic pets have slithered away from their homes. Last year, a five-foot boa constrictor was lost for a few days after busting out of her plastic cage.

And in 2014, a B.C. couple got more than they bargained for after a four-foot python revealed itself inside their new car.

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