New neighbor is scaly and slithery say East Texans

By Reid Kerr - bioemail
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Mary Helen and Harold Craig have a new neighbor.

"I was taking my walk," Harold said, "and a neighbor told me - warned me she had seen a python that morning. It doesn't bother me, but it bothers Mary Helen."

"I am not a snake person," Mary Helen agreed.

Snake expert Daryl Sprout said that snake didn't come from Texas, it was probably someone's pet, and it'll be looking for three things.

"The first thing is cover, the second thing is water, and the third thing is food," Sprout explained. "They can go a long time without food, but they can't go very long without water, and they're a sitting duck without cover. In the snake's world, everything larger than him is trying to eat him."

Mary Helen made up fliers, trying to warn all of her neighbors about the snake. While Daryl says small farm animals could be in danger, humans and large animals should be safe.

The python is not venomous, it's a constrictor, although that doesn't really matter to Mary Helen.

"Not to me," she laughs.

"Oh, she doesn't even want to see a snakeskin on the wall," Harold agrees.

He may be scary, but Daryl says he's not dangerous to humans. He's just looking for his home.

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