Gypsy, a two-metre-long python, is on the loose in Ladner

Ball python last seen in farmer's field

Delta police are on the hunt for a slippery fugitive.

On Friday, DPD were informed that a ball python snake named ‘Gypsy’ went missing in a farmer’s field on June 30.

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“Unfortunately, officers do not have an exact location where the snake was last seen – just that it was in a farmer’s field in Ladner,” said DPD public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf.

Officers were in contact with the owner of the snake on June 20, when a man was reported to be sleeping outside of Walmart at the Tsawwasssen Commons Mall with a large snake. Upon police request, man and snake relocated to their nearby minivan. They were noted to be cooperative and polite.

“The snake is six feet long, eight inches in diameter and a dark caramel colour,” adds Leykauf. “Ball pythons are not venomous, and apparently are a popular choice for those wanting a pet snake, as they are known to have more of a docile temperament.”

This type of snake is known to curl up in a ball when stressed or frightened. In the wild their diet is primarily small mammals such as rats, mice and birds.


Police does not know the circumstances of how the snake came to be in a Ladner farmer’s field at this time.

Police also do not have a photograph of the missing snake. If the missing snake is spotted please call 9-1-1 with the location, so it can be quickly captured.

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