The python loose in Fond du Lac High School has been found

NOW: The python loose in Fond du Lac High School has been found

Updated 1:15 p.m. on September 8, 2019

UPDATE: FOND DU LAC, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The python loose in a Fond du Lac High School has been found.

According to Fond du Lac High School, Kai the snake is now safely back home.


FOND DU LAC (CBS 58) - Staff at Fond du Lac High School spent the first couple days of school searching for a missing python.

"The name is Kai," said Principal Matt Steinbarth, who says the 3-foot snake is a pet of one of the science teachers at the school.

At some point over the Labor Day weekend, it made a break for it.

“It popped the top off its cage and is now on a little adventure in the school unfortunately,” said Steinbarth.

The school has been searching ever since, even bringing in the fire department to use their thermal cameras, but so far they haven’t had any luck.

They think it slithered into a vent in the science room.

“We think it’s in there because we were able to see some slither marks and now we’re in the process of dismantling portions of that to see where exactly it decided to hide out in now,” said Steinbarth.

“I was kind of spooked,” said Trinity Paavola, who heard about the snake from the teacher who lost it.

“I don’t mind snakes, it’s just that I don’t feel comfortable with a snake slithering around,” she said.

Fellow student Quinton Enfelt said students have been having fun with the search.

“They keep joking when you’re in the room saying, ‘oh the snakes there’ and people freak out,” said Enfelt.

Steinbarth says some students are actually excited about the hunt.

“The senior and juniors that have been in her class before, they actually came into school pretty excited and wanting to help find it and things like that because they know what it’s like and they’ve seen it and they are not worried about it at all,” he said.

Steinbarth also says the ball python is not a danger to students.  “It is one of the most docile snakes that there are in nature, and their intention is never to bite or hurt anybody so we’re not too worried about that with students,” he said.

The snake just ate and can go weeks without feeding again, but it will start searching for water in the next 10 days or so.

The principal says this snake is nocturnal so that means the overnight staff are going to keep an eye out.

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