A python was found relaxing inside a Walmart store in Bloomington, Indiana, according to animal control officials.
A customer at the store spotted the snake while doing some shopping on April 11, the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control Center said.
The customer subsequently notified authorities and the snake, given the name “Wolverine,” was later collected from the site.
“Happy Tuesdayssssssssday. Meet our little friend, Wolverine,” Bloomington Animal Care and Control (BACC) said in a Facebook post Tuesday with an image of the snake.
“This young python was found at our local Walmart resting on a shelf. It’s unclear how it got there, but it was nice that a good samaritan saw it and notified county officials to pick it up.”
Pythons are a family of mostly large, nonvenomous snakes, comprising about 40 species, found in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Although pythons are not native to North America, these snakes can be found on the mainland as pets or in the environment as invasive animals.
Burmese pythons, for example, are native to parts of Southeast Asia, but have now become established in South Florida as an invasive species.
After Wolverine was picked up by Bloomington officials, they attempted to find him a new home.
“It’s officially out of his control and he’s looking for a forever home!” BACC said in the Facebook post.
“He would do better with an experienced snake owner. He’s a little stressed and a little itchy. He’s getting used to the idea of being touched and will probably be able to relax more in a calmer environment.”
BACC provided a link to a form where anyone interested in adopting the snake could apply. The agency quickly had a response from several people.
Later Tuesday, BACC said in another Facebook post that they had received “many” requests from potential adopters and were no longer listing it as available on their website.
“We realize that snakes can be quite alarming to some and can imagine that finding one in a public space can cause discomfort,” BACC said in the post. “We’d love to know how our little friend ended up at Walmart, but Wolverine doesn’t talk!”
“We believe that all living things, even those we don’t understand or may cause fear, deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. We think Wolverine will make a wonderful companion to the right family, and we think he deserves it too.” option.”