Neighbors claim another python sighting in northwest Travis County

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A python may be slithering its way through a northwest Travis County neighborhood, according to people living in the area who say they’ve spotted it multiple times.

Neighbors reached out to KXAN reporting a snake more than 10 feet long in the area that they suspect is a Burmese Python. The news has spread quickly on the area’s Nextdoor forums, with some saying they’ve seen it in a California Live Oak tree on Bahama Road in Austin Lake Estates Monday. That area is less than a mile from the Colorado River.

This isn’t the first time people have reported seeing a large snake in the area. At the end of April KXAN went out after people said they saw one near Austin Lake Hills, but wasn’t able to catch it on camera. 

We did find Rodney Reid, a man known as the “Snake Guy,” who says he isn’t a professional. He also scoured the area but hadn’t found the elusive snake, either.

City and county officials haven’t confirmed a python sighting. The Austin Animal Center said its Animal Protection Officers haven’t received reports of a python, but if one is found it will typically be rehomed to a rescue or partner organization because it’s a non-native species.

Austin Animal Center encourages anyone in that area to call 311 if they do see a snake. It also says snakes are most likely to be active during mild weather and offers these snake safety tips:

  • Keep lawns trimmed because snakes like tall grass
  • Remove brush, wood, rock or debris piles that can make great hiding places for snakes
  • Wear shoes while outside
  • Never put your hands in an area you can’t completely see
  • Be careful when stepping over rocky outcroppings or logs

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