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Pythons still on the loose in Johannesburg

2012-03-29 12:52

Johannesburg - The two large Lavender Albino Reticulated Pythons, Dolce and Gabbana, that went missing in Gallo Manor have still not been found.

The 3m snakes went missing on Tuesday at 06:00 after they climbed up the burglar bars in owner Angi Latimer’s home and pushed down on the door handle, which opened under the weight.
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Latimer told News24 a reptile rescuer would be coming to search for the snakes at 13:00 on Thursday. He was allegedly held up by a missing crocodile and got bitten by a puff adder.

“I’m glad it’s warming up a bit, [the weather] might bring the snakes out,” said Latimer.

The reptile rescue specialist uses various techniques to find the snakes, including sniffer dogs to find their scent.

There have been no reports of snake-spottings and Latimer has been to all the neighbours and their gardens.

Latimer asked for calm regarding the situation. “My snakes eat very regularly; they don’t have the fear of not being fed. I just want my snakes back. They’re my babies.”

The snakes only eat rats and are fed once a week. They were last fed on Saturday but can live without being fed for two months.

Latimer asked anyone who has seen the snakes to contact her at angi@reportstar.net.

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Comments
  • Zighom - 2012-03-29 13:01

    Hmmm let them surface after 3 generations of breeding..

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-29 13:13

      I've always suspected that you were Nigerian.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-03-29 13:14

      ITS TIME TO PANIC!!!!!

      Kolobe - 2012-03-29 17:43

      hope they dont end up at comrade juju's house

  • Jabu - 2012-03-29 13:04

    Its just snakes. So what?, the is snakes everywhere moes.

      Forceptor - 2012-03-29 13:14

      3meter long Pythons aren't JUST snakes.....

      VaMbozha - 2012-03-29 13:17

      hungry ones by the way

      Gordon - 2012-03-29 13:39

      More harmless than a stray dog. I'll take a 3m python over a 30cm puffadder any day of the week

      John - 2012-03-29 14:10

      Thats what the actress said to the Bishop.....

      Kgabo - 2012-03-29 15:45

      Jabu wait until they are on your door step then come and tell us they are just snakes

  • Den - 2012-03-29 13:10

    hope you find your snakes soon, sorry dint mean to inciet anyone to kill them, just had a few of them myself

  • tumi.masha - 2012-03-29 13:20

    Snake is a snake. If i was leaving nearby i was going to be very worried. Hope u get yo babies soon before it hurts someone.

      Gordon - 2012-03-29 13:40

      How are they going to hurt anyone? They don't eat people, aren't poisonous.

      KallieHungBal - 2012-03-29 14:27

      I am LEAving now to the place where I am LIving.

      Patricia - 2012-03-29 14:37

      Snake is a snake they are dangerous Gordon,i dont buy that they dont eat ppl,im worried bcos Gallo manor is not that far from me

  • JJ - 2012-03-29 13:23

    Accustomed to being fed once a week, looks like we running out of time... A hungry snake is not a friendly snake and I'm not even going to pretend to be brave enough to wrestle a 3m long snake. I will defend myself if attacked though...

      tmgwa - 2012-03-29 16:20

      yeah man & i don't think that the owner tried feeding the baby to the snakes, so how would they know if they won't chow kids. this person must stop playing with us and just find those snakes.

  • Thoka - 2012-03-29 13:24

    i have phobia for snakes. please dont let them cross to fourways area.

      Thobela - 2012-03-29 14:28

      For a snake, fourways is very close, in can be at your door within the next week or so. Good luck

      Thoka - 2012-03-29 14:57

      i guess i wont qualify for fear factor SA

  • Kyle - 2012-03-29 13:24

    Julius and floyd out roaming the streets again causing a slur i mean stir

  • VaMbozha - 2012-03-29 13:24

    Wiki says of these python species "However, caution must be exercised with the larger species, as they can be dangerous; cases of large specimens killing their owners have been documented." So she must be lucky to be alive and forget about them!

  • Marion - 2012-03-29 13:29

    This is becoming really funny now. "He was allegedly held up by a missing crocodile... Hijack!! Angi, this is a typical snake ploy. They open the door and then hide in the house while you search for them outside. Seen lots of people doing that in the movies when trying to get away from criminal elements so know what I'm talking about. :-)))

      Xigwili Henry Mtileni - 2012-03-29 14:42

      i think our government must not allow any person to stay with dangerous snakes like pythons look now the snakes run away coz of negligent ..

      Gloria - 2012-03-29 15:15

      It was a planned hi-jacking, the puf adder was in on it too :) I work in Woodmead and Tugela street is right behind us :( Shame, feel sorry for the snakes though, it must be very scary for them, they dont know where they are and they must be starving and scared, cannot see how these big snakes can be fed a little rat once a week? Or is this normal?

      Hamrammr - 2012-03-29 15:56

      @Gloria It is normal for snakes to eat once every week and a half, feeding once a week is close to overfeeding, so yes they get taken good care of! They also do not eat one rat at a time but several in one sitting, my 2m Grey Ratsnake eats about 5 at a time. So if they ate last Saturday they still have a few days to go! @ Xigwili No it was most likely not due to negligence as we as amateur Herpetologists do everything possible to prevent our 'babies' from escaping. Unfortunaltely snakes are masters of escape. It is just like responsible dog owners whose dogs escape from time to time. We pay alot of money for our reptile children and one can tell from these articles that this lady is a responsible snake owner.

      Gloria - 2012-04-02 15:11

      Very usefull info, I did not know they ate a few at a time. Thanks for the info Hamrammr :)

  • John - 2012-03-29 13:32

    Thank goodness Im a Parseltongue, knew it might come in handy one day.

  • Henry - 2012-03-29 13:42

    This doesn't make sense to me. How on earth can civilians be allowed to keep dangerous species in their residences. A snake is a snake what kind of madness can lead 1 to say that snakes are her babies. Look now, they have now sent the neighbours of that vicinity panicking. Honestly if I were 1 of those residents, I would beat those snakes to death on meeting them, because if I did not they would kill me. A snake has never been and will never be friends with humans. Shame on the person who keeps these reptiles (and has lost them.

      vessela.hobson - 2012-03-29 14:21

      dangerous species? "Civilians" are allowed pitbulls and rottweilers aren't they? I'd take my chances with the python any day

      Marion - 2012-03-29 15:02

      @Henry - I'm terrified of snakes but, like vessela.hobson, I would rather take my chances with a snake than a vicious dog any day of the week. A dog will run after you to attack you. A snake will not.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-29 13:46

    lol Miss Latimer, i bet she is a widow. 'those snakes are my babies, i want them back' Its sickening culture to consider reptiles your kids. I fail to understand what goes through people s minds when the decide to keep snakes at home as pets? Arent they meant to be in the wild? With certanity, if i come across them, i will run them over to end their terrible situation in this woman s house.

  • zandie0 - 2012-03-29 13:47

    last ate on sat, their next meal shld be due in 2daez time.....we hope these reptiles dont follow their instincts and go reptile on someone out there....

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-29 13:49

    She should get hold of the services of a parselmouth.

  • Jean - 2012-03-29 13:50

    In my country we eat snakes lol...so if found, it will be my happy meal ahahah (joke)

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-29 13:51

    By the way orientals(mostly chinese and koreans) eat snake meat, and we have a sizeable number of people of oriental descent in our country.So, if those snakes drifted into wrong neighbourhoods they might as well have been on someones dinner plate by yesterday...

  • Japana101 - 2012-03-29 13:52

    Snakes, are my 'babes', oh my foot. Come on, you can choose from a million men around who are more than kind & ready to give you better & real babies.

  • Bibi - 2012-03-29 13:54

    Mmm... have you checked your Chinese take outs recently?

      aiazmir - 2012-03-29 19:02

      I believe there are 3 policemen in Durbs who are adept at catching pythons. I guess they are not train spotters but snake spotters.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-03-29 13:58

    i am sure its a malema conspiracy to get the owners out of their apartments so he can grab the apartments in the first step of nationalization to provide accomodation for his comrades.

  • Refugee - 2012-03-29 14:00

    lol i bet she doesnt get much "ACTION".....

  • Olebogeng - 2012-03-29 14:06

    They mustn't cross the borders to SOWETO, cos people's justice will be ..........

  • justindeklerk - 2012-03-29 14:13

    They were probably cooked and eaten by a party of hungry people last night in a joburg township somewhere, I bet there's a lot of meat on one of those things!

  • mgphotographyeastlondon - 2012-03-29 14:17

    Oh my word! This is too much! Have you seen what pythons eat? A few rats once a week? These snakes got out to find a bigger meal I tell u? Someones dog is going to be dinner! And as for that Reptile Rescue Specialist - hahahaha shame! Latimer you should have locked your doors since your snakes can open doors mkay!

  • vessela.hobson - 2012-03-29 14:20

    if I found them I'd keep them :P

  • winston.mullany - 2012-03-29 14:23

    Okay dudes, who left their zipper down and let it out????

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-03-29 14:32

    Maybe they went to lay eggs

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-03-29 14:37

    Crocodiles holding up people - Puff adders biting rescuers - Pythons that open doors... mmm... The only good snake is a dead snake. Maybe catch them and take them to Alexander, Im sure they can sort out the rat infestation there. Then they dont have to take owls there.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-29 14:39

    I hope these snakes are found unharmed! I dont think they should be kept as pets unless the proper facilities are available. They dont stand a chance out there as they will be killed just for the sheer size of them. It sad that this has happend,they are marvelous creatures.

  • garethallison - 2012-03-29 14:40

    This could be the start of a great B-movie...Snakes on a GauTrain!

      Gloria - 2012-03-29 15:20

      LOL!! Brilliant comment!

  • Jacques - 2012-03-29 14:47

    The reptile rescuer was held up by a crocodile and bitten by a puff adder?! Sounds like an adventurous job!

  • Laila - 2012-03-29 14:50

    i live in the area and im not comfortable with these snakes slithering about. They may not bite but they may squeeze the life out of you. there is a school in the area and there are domestic workers and nannies who walk around. Hope they find those “3M LONG BABIES”

  • Laila - 2012-03-29 14:50

    i live in the area and im not comfortable with these snakes slithering about. They may not bite but they may squeeze the life out of you. there is a school in the area and there are domestic workers and nannies who walk around. Hope they find those “3M LONG BABIES”

  • lytteot7 - 2012-03-29 15:17

    One thing I hate about snakes is their nature of hiding and if it feels threatened it will attack you regardless of you even knowing there is a snake around.

  • Lato05 - 2012-03-29 15:34

    If these pythons go to Alexander they they'll have more than enough big, juicy rats to feed on.

  • O.J. - 2012-03-29 16:07

    I hope those snakes dont get on a plane. we all know how that ends....

  • Bronwyn - 2012-03-29 16:07

    Hope you find them. We have been down that road before, fortunately they escaped on my folks chicken farm. They managed to knocked the window latch open and escaped through the window while their cage was being cleaned. Found the one as it was going out the window and the second one was found 2 weeks later sunning itself on a large rock only 4m from the house. In those two weeks it did not take any f the chickens, or outher livestock on the farm. SO see there is hope :)

  • chuma.mhlebil - 2012-03-29 16:14

    Is the owner of these snakes crazy, they only eat once a week! Therz no such man, if they meet u in the streets won't they attack u?

  • sebata69 - 2012-03-29 16:37

    The woman should be arrested for keeping dangerous animals without proper security thus endangering the lives of people around her place. These snakes will fight back if dogs bark or charge at them

  • Claudia - 2012-03-29 16:39

    On 5fm yesterday they interviewed this lady, and she apparently has around 11 of these snakes as pets- which I do think is a bit much, and wonder if it is legal. But she definitely sounds like a true animal lover, and snakes just happen to be her pet of choice. We might not all agree, but who are we to judge? Also to clarify, she did not neglect them, leading to the escape. She was in the process of moving house and the snakes were left in their room (yes she has an entire room adapted to house them) and the new owner, who was instructed to lock the doors, didn't and that was how the snake managed to open the door

  • Molotsi Pilane - 2012-03-29 17:16

    i also hope they end up in Alexandra (hundreds of rats there), O.J what happened in the plane?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-29 17:36

    Me and Louie. Yesterday, when I was young.

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2012-03-30 05:31

    Dangerous or not dangerous, snakes must be kept in snake parks...80% are scared of snakes, the owner of the snake must be jailed for letting other people's lives in danger*especial neighbours** the truth is: there are people who can die even if they can c it dead........lets hope the snakes went to the jungle where they belong,not to Alexandra where poor people lives.....

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2012-03-30 05:31

    Dangerous or not dangerous, snakes must be kept in snake parks...80% are scared of snakes, the owner of the snake must be jailed for letting other people's lives in danger*especial neighbours** the truth is: there are people who can die even if they can c it dead........lets hope the snakes went to the jungle where they belong,not to Alexandra where poor people lives.....

  • makhalam - 2012-03-30 07:53

    I hope there's none thats pregnant there....*creepy* were they both males or females?. Hope it wasn't male & female & they mated & now they wanted a place safe enough to lay their eggs....OMG.....Imagine more of those monstrous creatures claimed to be "BABIES"....OMG... Gives me the creeps just thinking about them... hope they find them sooner rather than later

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