Rocks was lying on the bottom of his tank immobile as a red heat lamp beam flashed across his scaly body. His eyes watched Jesse Farnworth, an animal shelter employee, gently remove the tank cap.
Farnworth grabbed Rocks, bolstering his big personality. His head was weaving and swaying, his tail wrapped around her wrist.
It finally settled when I put it around her neck. He easily bent into place, wrapping his two-and-a-half-foot frame around her.
“Do you like my necklace?” Farnworth joked. “It’s in the shadow of Rox.”
Rox is a ball snake, the newest addition to the Park County Animal Shelter.
The shelter said he, too, might be an escape artist. Farnworth said she believed that Rocks was someone’s pet that escaped from his tank and found its way into a garage on Blistine Street.
“They are used to being in trees, so they will go up to the highest spot in their tank and push the tank open,” she said.
Farnworth said homeowners on Blistine Street found Rocks in their garage on Sunday, September 25.
They put Rox in a plastic case and called the Cody Police Department on Monday. Police contacted Game and Fish, who put Rocks in a pillow case and took him to the animal shelter.
When the shelter got Rocks, it was cold – actually very cold.
“When they found him, he was cold,” Farnworth said.
Globular eels are tropical creatures that are used in warmer climates than Wyoming has to offer.
“They can’t stand the weather under 20 degrees,” Farnworth said. “This cold drought is not good for them.”
It can grow up to five feet long, Farnworth said.
Farnworth, who weighed two and a half pounds, said that Rocks had been taken care of by someone.
“He’s so huge,” she said, “as if he’s eating well.” “Either he was eating rats in this guy’s garage or he recently slipped out of a tank.”
Other than a gray lid covering one of his eyes, Rox does well. The shelter heated him and he drank a lot of water.
However, it is unclear how far Rocks was able to travel after his escape.
“If the weather is warm, they can travel really fast,” Farnworth said.
The shelter posted Rox on its Facebook page in hopes of finding its owner, but it turns out that ball pythons and corn eels are fairly common pets in Wyoming.
“Reptiles are an important thing here because a lot of places don’t allow cats or dogs,” Farnworth said. “So a lot of people get reptiles instead.”
Her advice to potential reptile owners is to know their stuff.
“We always tell people to read what you get,” Farnworth said. “Don’t rush into buying because you may find yourself completely confused and not knowing what to do.”
Which is what happened earlier this year when the shelter made its first ball python of the year.
Farnworth said someone left a female ball python in her tank outside of Taco Jones.
“A lot of people throw animals away because they don’t understand maintenance,” Farnworth said. “They just think it’s a snake, [so] You will survive. “
The shelter had called her Ole since she was found outside a taco restaurant, but she was extremely dehydrated and her scales were exploding.
“She spent four days in Pedialite and the water was just soaking in,” Farnworth said. “She was lethargic, but after a month, she finally ate and was in great shape.”
The shelter had its fair share of unusual animals, taking in leopard geckos, lizards, guinea pigs, and rabbits.
For now, the shelter will keep Rocks in a dormitory for seven days to see if anyone comes forward. If no one demands him, the shelter will adopt him.
“We will go through the process of making sure they know about snakes [and] “Make sure they have the knowledge because we don’t want to have the same situation again,” Farnworth said.
“They are great pets if people want an animal to hang out with them and not have to walk on it,” she added. “They make wonderful pets for people who have a more busy lifestyle… they just need their food.”
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