A young ball python found curled up on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus last month in Palo Alto is now up for adoption, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA said in a press release Tuesday.
The 1- to 2-foot-long snake was found on a VTA bus traveling west through Palo Alto on Sept. 27 at around 7 a.m., VTA spokeswoman Linh Hoang said. The bus pulled over at the Encina Avenue and El Camino Real stop near Town & Country Village shopping center and cleared of passengers. The slithery creature was removed from the bus by a Palo Alto Animal Services animal control officer.
The snake, named Rumplesnakeskin, spent nine days cooling his scales at the Palo Alto animal shelter, waiting for someone to claim him. He was transferred to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Center for Compassion in Burlingame, according to its communications manager Buffy Tarbox.
"No one is quite certain how the snake ended up on the bus, but we are grateful someone spotted him and he was safely removed from the bus," Tarbox said.
Hoang said that the VTA does allow service animals and small pets in carriers on its buses.
"This is the first time a pet has ever been left behind on one of our vehicles, according to operations," she said.
Peninsula Humane Society officials said that ball pythons make ideal pets, but like all reptiles, they need specialized care. They are friendly and tend to be smaller in size, on average about 2 to 3 feet long once fully grown.
Staff will help potential adopters understand the equipment and husbandry required to help Rumplesnakeskin thrive. Ball pythons can live for 30 years with proper care.
"Rumplesnakeskin is a very friendly snake and likes to be held. It is clear he was someone's pet, but no one came forward to claim him so he's now looking for a new permanent home," Tarbox said.
Potential adopters interested in meeting Rumplesnakeskin can visit the Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. The center is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.