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Snake found on South Bay bus now up for adoption

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This ball python, named “Rumplesnakeskin,” was found on a VTA bus seat by passengers last month. The snake is now available for adoption. (Courtesy PHS/SPCA)
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A snake that was found on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus last month is up for adoption, officials with the Peninsula Humane Society & the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

The snake, a ball python given the name “Rumplesnakeskin,” was found on a VTA bus seat by passengers Sept. 27.

Ball pythons can be ideal pets because they only grow to about 2 to 3 feet long and they are friendly, PHS/SPCA officials said.

After Rumplesnakeskin was found, the bus driver pulled over at a bus stop at Encinal Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park and the snake was taken off the bus to Palo Alto Animal Services by an animal control officer.

PHS/SPCA spokesperson Buffy Tarbox said after nine days at Palo Alto Animal Services, Rumplesnakeskin was taken to the humane society because no one claimed him and humane society staff are more able to care for him.

Experts at the humane society believe the snake is male.

“He’s super friendly,” Tarbox said. “Hopefully he’s done with his journeys on buses.”

Tarbox said the fee to adopt Rumplesnakeskin is $35.

PHS/SPCA staff will help potential adopters understand what care Rumplesnakeskin will need. Ball pythons can live to be 30 years old.

Anyone interested in adopting the snake can go to the humane society’s Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

The center is open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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