SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Debbie LaMotte said that until this week, she never saw any kind of outside creature in her fifth-floor apartment at Riverview Manor in Sharon.
“We don’t even see flies in here or anything. So that was quite a shock,” LaMotte said.
It started out like any 4 a.m. potty break on Wednesday until something unusual caught her eye on the bathroom floor. But she was not wearing her glasses.
“I kind of thought it was a scarf or something, because I could just see a rounded area. And I thought, ‘what is that?’ And then I saw the head of the snake move,” LaMotte said.
A 3-foot ball python had slithered its way there.
“It was wrapped the whole way from the sink around to the door. So I knew it was big,” LaMotte said.
She called 911, but in the meantime, the python tried getting its head under the door.
“So I kind of would tap its nose with my cane to make it stay in there,” LaMotte said.
Three police officers responded to her apartment.
“I don’t think any of them really wanted to pick it up,” LaMotte said.
They eventually captured the snake and removed it from the apartment. LaMotte’s sister owns a ball python too, giving her experience with serpents.
“She said, ‘Deb, why didn’t you just pick it up? They don’t bite.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not picking up a strange snake’,” she said.
And as for the python, police said it was taken to a reptile shelter north of Sharon in Crawford County. They don’t know who owned the snake, but there are no laws in Sharon against owning pythons. It was just against the rules of the apartment building.