A python was found relaxing inside a Walmart store in Bloomington, Indiana, according to animal control officials.
A store customer saw the snake while shopping on April 11, the city of Bloomington Animal Care and Control said.
The customer later notified authorities and the snake, which was given the name “Wolverine”, was later removed from the site.
“Happy Tuesday. Meet our little friend, Wolverine,” Bloomington Animal Care and Control (BACC) said in a Facebook post Tuesday with an image of the snake.
“This young python was found at our local Walmart relaxing on a shelf. It’s unclear how he got there, but it’s a good thing a Good Samaritan saw him and notified county officials to pick him up.”
Pythons are a family of mostly large, non-venomous snakes comprising about 40 species, which are found in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australia, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Although pythons are not native to North America, these snakes can be found on the mainland being kept as pets or in the environment as invasive animals.
Burmese pythons, for example, are native to parts of Southeast Asia but have now established themselves in South Florida as an invasive species.
After Bloomington’s staff collected Wolverine, they tried to find him a new home.
“He’s officially out of his control and he’s looking for a forever home!” BACC said in the Facebook post.
“He would do better with an experienced snake owner. He’s a little stressed and a little spicy. He’s getting used to the idea of being manipulated and will likely be able to relax more in a calmer environment.”
BACC provided a link to a form where anyone interested in adopting the snake could apply. The agency quickly got a response from several people.
Later on Tuesday, BACC said in another Facebook post that they had received “many” requests from potential adopters and were therefore no longer listing it as available on their website.
“We realize that snakes can be quite alarming to some and we can imagine that encountering one in a public space could cause discomfort,” BACC said in the post. “We’d love to know how our little friend ended up at Walmart, but Wolverine isn’t talking!”
“We believe that all living creatures, even those that we don’t understand or that may cause fear, deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. We believe that Wolverine will make a wonderful companion for the right family and we also believe that he very much deserves that option.”