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Arlington officer rescues snake spotted on wall near mall toy store

Arlington Police Officer Joshua Altimus comes to the rescue of a stranded snake taking a crawl on a wall by the mall on Saturday.
Arlington Police Officer Joshua Altimus comes to the rescue of a stranded snake taking a crawl on a wall by the mall on Saturday. Courtesy photo

According to a post on the Arlington Police Department’s Facebook page, residents who reported that they saw a boa constrictor on a retaining wall at the ToysRUs near The Parks at Arlington mall made for one of the more intriguing calls of the night Saturday.

Officer Joshua Altimus arrived and noticed the snake was not aggressive, so he rescued the 4-foot animal and made sure it was taken safely to an area rescue center.

Representatives from the rescue group assured police that the snake will be given to a good home, according to Lt. Christopher Cook, Arlington police spokesman. Animal rescue workers said they believe this was probably a pet snake that an owner let go, Cook said.

The call came in around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and police have not been able to locate the snake’s owner, Cook said. Based on readers’ comments to the Facebook post, police believe the snake is a ball python, Cook said.

The post ended by saying, “You never know the calls you might get on a Saturday night!”

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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