Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Python 'on P' sent to Australian wildlife rehab

Python 'on P' sent to Australian wildlife rehab

When Australian police raided a crystal methamphetamine lab past year, they may have been expecting to seize kilos of narcotics, drug-making equipment and piles of cash.

That's what NSW Corrective Services had to deal with after a python was seized during a drug raid. After months of exposure to fumes and air particles, while living in the drug lab, the snake was, yes, addicted to meth.

The handler also mentioned that normally pythons can be a little bit snappy and that they are constrictors and not poisonous and they just lie around.

The python had been acting in a confused and erratic manner.

The slippery customer had previously shown aggressive behaviour.

The jungle python "which can not be named due to legal reasons" will be resettled with new owners once the court case against the alleged drug traffickers is over.

The wildlife care centre, which is part of a prison, has also helped give other reptiles a second chance, including an eastern brown snake found injured on the side of the road.

An ice-addicted python is among hundreds of animals being rehabilitated at the NSW prison.

The minimum-security prisoners who care for the animals also get some benefit a certificate, for one thing, in addition to some lessons about "group interaction and self-motivation", a prison official told ABC.

The centre takes all kinds of wildlife seized or rescued by authorities including kangaroos, possums, native birds and reptiles.

"The program provides them with a calming environment that can assist with reducing reoffending", outer metropolitan multi-purpose correctional centre governor Ivan Calder said.

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