Ball python loose in MU residence hall

Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 8:44 p.m. CST; updated 11:10 a.m. CST, Friday, January 31, 2014

COLUMBIA — The ball python that escaped its cage more than a week ago still slithers through Defoe-Graham Hall. 

“The snake is most likely still in the student’s room,” Director of Residential Life Frankie Minor said. “Considering its size, it couldn’t have made it under the door.”

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Residence hall staff declined to identify the owner of the snake, citing privacy policies. Staff did not know the snake's name.

Residence hall staff have posted fliers around the hallways and lobbies alerting residents that the non-venomous snake is loose. These fliers listed the python as being 18 inches long.

The snake was registered with Residential Life, Minor said. Residence halls permit lizards, turtles, rodents and other animals that weigh less than 5 pounds, according to Residential Life's student pet policy.

Snakes have escaped in MU residence halls in the past. Minor said the last snake escape he remembers happened more than 10 years ago.

The name, "ball python," refers to: "The tendency this reptile has to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened," according to the flier.

The snake was still missing as of Thursday afternoon.

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