Canadian authorities have rescued 40 distressed pythons from
a motel room where they were being improperly held in plastic
Police found the snakes, ranging from 30cm to 1.37m in
length, in a motel in Brantford, a city about 100km southwest
"The snakes were not being suitably cared for and were in
distress. The anxious officers called the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who attended and took 40
pythons into their care," local police said in a statement.
The snakes are expected to be fine, they said. No one at the
Brantford police or at the SPCA were available for comment.
A manager at the motel said the snakes belonged to a couple
who had checked into a room for one night, and who were out
when police arrived on Thursday evening (local time).
Pythons are not legal for home ownership in Brantford,
according to the city's animal control bylaws.
Last week, two young boys in Eastern Canada died after a
3.96m, 45kg python apparently attacked them in their sleep.
An autopsy confirmed the two died of asphyxiation.