Chicago woman discovers 3-foot python, others in apartment bathroom

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CHICAGO -- It wasn't the first one.

A 3-foot python, found by a resident in an second-floor apartment in Chicago, is now in the hands of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

The woman made the discovery Monday night in her bathroom. The ball python was wrapped around her shower curtain and on top of her medicine cabinet.

The woman's grandson said he helped retrieve another, smaller snake a few weeks ago.

A former tenant, who lived on the building's third floor, bred snakes, against the building management company's policy of no pets allowed, the grandson said.

When the former tenant moved out, neighbor Carolyn Sims said more than a dozen dead snakes were pulled from the apartment.

A search by Animal Care and Control on Tuesday morning turned up no new snakes. Still, the building's management, Eastlake Management Group, said it will bring in an pest control company to search out any snakes possibly remaining.

The Chicago Herpetological Society will take possession of the ball python for its care. It said this type of snake it harmless to humans.

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