A couple in Long Island, NY were quite surprised to find a 3-foot-long Ball Python in their couch, but were relieved to find out it was a non-venomous snake. MSN reports that Peter Wang and his wife were cleaning their basement apartment and found a snake under a couch cushion.
The basement apartment had recently been vacated by the Wang's tenants. It is believed that the snake belonged to the tenant who moved out. Wang told officials that the tenant made arrangements for an upstairs tenant to care for the python, but it apparently got loose and ended up in the downstairs couch.
When the couple found the snake, they immediately called the Town of Brookhaven Holtsville Ecology Center. The SPCA was then notified and the snake was deemed legal to own and non-venomous. No charges were filed against the tenants or the owners of the house.
CNN reports that SPCA spokesman Roy Gross said he was not certain how long ago the previous tenant left the snake in the apartment, but it appeared to be healthy and was not dehydrated.
According to Lianne McLeod, DVM, ball pythons grow about a foot a year for three years and can live up to about 50 years, with 20-30 years being the norm.