Some Albertville residents are alarmed because an 11-foot python is on the loose.
The snake's owner Brittany Nichols and her husband discovered it missing Sunday night. It was kept outside their home on Head Street in a plexiglass case. Authorities spent Monday morning combing the neighborhood for the reptile, but so far no sign of it.
Anyone who comes across it should call police immediately according to Assistant Chief Jamie Smith. "Obviously it's a concern, pythons are not known to be extremely dangerous animals. However, there's always a safety concern," Smith said.
Brittany Nichols and her husband believe someone stole the Python from the cage. "So last night between 6 and 8 we saw her and then came back outside she was missing but the cage was locked which gives us reason to believe someone came here opened the cage pulled her out took her wherever then shut the cage back again," Nichols said.
Despite the owners claims that its harmless, many like Laura Beth Mobley say they are fearful of the animal. "It's very, very scary because I've never ever seen an 11 foot snake before," Mobley said. "I am hoping they find it and I am hoping they put it in an enclosure that keeps it away from everybody."
Any pet snake that's more then six feet long has to be registered according to the city ordinance. The missing snake was not registered.