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Snake found on VTA bus in Palo Alto up for adoption

Unclaimed ball python at Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA looking for new home

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.


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30 people like this
Posted by Palo Verde
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm

So that's how the famous Ross Road Black Mamba got away, he took the bus!

2 people like this
Posted by Julie Armitano
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Oct 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

Yes I was on the bus when it happened on that day.
I was going to the gym and work.
I am happy that lady saw it.
She was afraid.
I am happy that the driver told us to get off the bus.

9 people like this
Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm

Novelera is a registered user.

@Palo Verde. You get the comment of the day! I laughed out loud at the black mamba reference.

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Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 25, 2017 at 1:39 pm

MyOpinion is a registered user.

I did not get the Black Mamba reference, so googled it...yes,Palo Verde definitely wins comment of the day... Web Link

You would think Happy Hollow Zoo or the Palo Alto Zoo would be happy to have him. I am not a 'reptile' person, but feel bad for the little guy, he was probably as terrified as the bus passengers!

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Posted by Chrisc
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 25, 2017 at 4:06 pm

I sure hope he gets adopted.

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