- An 18-foot-long python got loose in Detroit on Thursday.
- People were scared.
- The snake is an 8-year-old python named Juliet, by the way.
- Her owner, 25-year-old Devin Jones-White, got her off the roof. He believes she got out of her cage.
- He has a snake because he wants to open a zoo.
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It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s an 18-foot-snake … and people are scared!
Let’s get some key details out of the way: That snake is a python, her name is Juliet, and she had escaped her home in Detroit and ended up on a neighbour’s roof, giving everyone quite the spook, The Washington Post reported.
“She’s about 18 feet long, 18-plus feet, so I can understand people worried about seeing a big snake sitting on top of a garage like that,” Devin Jones-White, the snake’s owner, told the ABC-affiliated WXYZ.
Worried was maybe an understatement, as the unusual sight drew a large neighbourhood crowd. In a 14-minute Facebook video of the snake on the roof, tensions sounded high.
“Oh my God!” Latonda Harvey, a neighbour who shared the video on Facebook, said. “It’s moving and it’s huge!”
Eventually, police arrived on the scene to get to the bottom of things. And finally, Jones-White arrived to retrieve his pet, as he was worried someone might harm Juliet.
“It was my fault that she did get out,” Jones-White said. “I didn’t put the lock on probably. But I was able to get here and get her back to her cage quick.”
According to The Washington Post, Jones-White has owned the 8-year-old snake for about five years and adopted her from an elderly couple.
But all this begs the question: What is a large python doing in Detroit? Well, according to The Post, the 25-year-old Jones-White plans to open a zoo within city limits. In the meantime, he keeps the snake in his home, and he told WXYZ that he feeds her thawed-out dead rabbits.
Jones-White is glad to have his snake back, but he was dismayed at the commotion it all caused – specifically because he said he suspects people were throwing rocks at Juliet. He said he believes that Juliet slithered up onto the roof because she was frightened by the sound of a dog barking and wanted to get far away from the perceived danger.
“I can understand people’s worry of seeing a big snake on top of a garage but she’s not going to do anything to a person. She’s been raised around people since she was a baby,” he told Fox 2. “She’s 8-years-old, she’s never harmed anyone.”
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