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Runaway python taken off bus in Menlo Park

'Rumplesnakeskin' is available for adoption

A snake that was found on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus last month is up for adoption, officials with the Peninsula Humane Society & the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

The snake, a ball python given the name "Rumplesnakeskin," was found on a VTA bus seat by passengers Sept. 27.

The bus driver pulled over at a bus stop at Encinal Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park and the snake was taken off the bus to Palo Alto Animal Services by an animal control officer.

Ball pythons can be ideal pets because they grow to only 2 or 3 feet long and are friendly, PHS/SPCA officials said.

PHS/SPCA spokeswoman Buffy Tarbox said that after nine days at Palo Alto Animal Services, Rumplesnakeskin was taken to the humane society because no one claimed him and humane society staff are more able to care for him.

Experts at the humane society believe the snake is male.

"He's super friendly," Ms. Tarbox said. "Hopefully he's done with his journeys on buses."

The fee to adopt Rumplesnakeskin is $35.

PHS/SPCA staff will help potential adopters understand what care Rumplesnakeskin will need. Ball pythons can live to be 30 years old.

Anyone interested in adopting the snake can go to the humane society's Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

The center is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

— Bay City News Service

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