Big snake killed in St. Rose wasn’t python, expert says
Last week, Kenneth Thompson, a St. Charles Parish drainage worker, was following the railroad tracks near the Parish Line Canal when he came across a large snake sunning himself near the water’s edge. Thompson took the push-pole from the airboat and killed the large snake, which was more than 6 feet long.
“I don’t know where the snake came from. It could have fallen off the train or could have been released or escaped as a pet,” Thompson said.
Thompson said that temperatures were cool when he spotted the snake and that the reptile was moving slowly.
“It scared all the workers so I decided to kill it,” he said. “The snake was over 6 feet long and larger than my arm.”
Because of its size, Thompson believed the snake was a python. But when a picture was sent to Wildlife and Fisheries, Boundy identified it as a diamond-backed water snake.
“They can be very common along canals and lakeshores in south Louisiana,” Boundy said. “They grow to about 6 feet long, and are non-venomous.”
Boundy said that while owning a python is legal, the species of python that can grow to 12 feet or more require a restricted snake permit.
That permit is provided after a facility inspection.
Boundy said he has no valid reports of escaped pythons in Louisiana.
Outdoor reporter Bruce McDonald contributed to this report.
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