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Woman finds 3-foot python in couch

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A 3-foot-long Ball Python was found under a couch cushion in Holbrook, NY. Photo courtesy Suffolk Co. SPCA A 3-foot-long Ball Python was found under a couch cushion in Holbrook, NY. Photo courtesy Suffolk Co. SPCA
HOLBROOK, NY (WFLA) - Most people find loose change, wrappers or crumbs when cleaning under their couch cushions. But, a woman in Holbrook, NY made a scary discovery when cleaning a rental apartment on Monday after the tenants moved out. She lifted up a couch cushion and found a 3-foot-long Ball Python.

"My concern was, 'What kind of snake was it?'," Roy Gross told WFLA.com.

Gross is Chief at the Suffolk County SPCA, which is the agency that took in the python.

He said there's an interesting story behind the slithery snake. The python was owned by the former resident of the apartment. But, when the resident decided to move, the resident gave the snake to an upstairs neighbor.

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Somehow, the python got loose and made its way back to its former home, and snuggled up under a familiar couch cushion.

After the python's arrival at the SPCA, it wound up being adopted by a pet store manager.

"It's a happy ending," said Gross, who added that the agency has been dealing with a lot of reptiles recently including a couple alligators, rattlesnakes and an anaconda.

Ball Pythons are non-venomous and are legal to own in New York.

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