Firefighters join search for missing python in Kentville

Published on August 7, 2014

KENTVILLE - Kentville Fire Chief Ryan MacEachern said his department responded to two public assistance calls involving a missing two-foot python on Aug. 2.

Firefighters were first called around 2:15 p.m. to assist the landlord of an apartment building in North Kentville and the Kings RCMP in locating the snake, which had been reported missing that day to police. They couldn’t find it.

Const. Blair McMurtery said Wednesday that experts were being consulted on the best approach to locating the python.

The second call, at around 6:15 p.m., was to help Animal Control look for the python. However, the second search was also unsuccessful.

He said they used water to rinse underneath a garbage hut, hoping the snake would emerge from the dark hiding place, but had no luck.

Firefighters also used a thermal imaging camera to try to locate the python but this was a challenge, considering that the snake is cold blooded.

MacEachern said they were essentially looking for the reverse of what they’d usually look for, hoping the snake found a warm place where it would stand out against the background.

“We haven’t had any luck at this point,” MacEachern said.

The snake remains on the lam.