Police respond to report of 5-foot python near apartment complex pool

Gresham Police found a 5-foot python near the pool of an apartment complex on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Gresham Police Department

A five foot-long python was found near the pool of the Highland Park apartment complex in Gresham Tuesday.

Gresham Police Department Officer DeLong responded to a report of the python near the pool at 10:15 p.m. The caller said it was “not doing anything particularly alarming, just normal snake things.”

But 'normal snake things' were enough to shake-up Juwan Feliciano, whose nephew and other kids discovered the snake.

"My brother and I are both afraid of snakes" said Feliciano. "So we just watched it to make sure it didn't get the kids."

Feliciano was there when the owner, who lives in the complex, came out to get the snake.

"He said it had been gone for 3 or 4 days, and I was like, 'WHAT?!?!?' But then he and his girlfriend just slowly picked it up and put it in a box and took it home. He was like Steve Irwin the crocodile guy, just very calm, like it was no big deal," Feliciano said.

But a snake on the loose is a big deal to some residents, who worry not only about the kids, but other pets like cats and dogs who might become lunch for a big snake.

"Or even those squirrels, they're just a Scooby-snack for a python" said Deann Moore. "Look what happened, it wasn’t contained. Did they know about it? I don’t think so. But now that it is contained I don’t know what the outcome will be, I really don’t know. I’m afraid of the situation. Who wants a python in their yard? Not me."

The snake owner was not home when a KATU crew tried to talk with him.

Gresham Police however spoke with the owner about keeping the snake secure inside the apartment.

Highland Park managers didn't want to comment to the KATU crew about the sneaky snake situation, or the rules on keeping exotic pets in the complex.

It is legal to own certain snakes and other exotic pets in Oregon and Washington, but various apartment complexes and even homeowner associations may have their own set of rules.

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