Workers at a Sonic in Georgia were forced to flee the restaurant earlier this month after discovering something unusual under the deep fryer, which wasn’t the remains of some old tots.
A snake terrified the entire workforce, according to the Brunswick Daily News. They closed up shop and contacted the cops, reporting what they thought was a rattler, one of the many deadly snakes that can be found in Georgia.
It was actually a 3.5-foot-long ball python, a nonvenomous constrictor snake, according to Lt. Matthew Wilson of the Brunswick Police Department.
Wilson told the Daily News, “I ended up capturing it with a broom handle.” “I only got it to the point where I could secure its head.” After that, I placed him in a paper bag and transported him away.”
Wilson believes the restaurant’s back door was left open, and the snake entered for the same reason as the customers: hunger and thirst.
Wilson, who has a ball python, said the Sonic snake has found a new home with a snake-obsessed pal.
On Saturday, there was a holdup at the Sonic Drive-In, but it wasn’t the type for which cops are usually called.
Snakes, according to Eammon Leonard, an invasive species researcher with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, frequently impulse purchases that some buyers subsequently regret.
“It’s possible that someone didn’t consider the ramifications of keeping a huge snake as a pet,” Leonard told the Associated Press. “Some people have regrets later in life and simply let go of things.” It’s clearly irresponsible.”
People who can no longer care for a pet snake should seek help from a local reptile rescue or animal shelter before releasing it into the wild. Released snakes and other pets may cause invasive species difficulties, in addition to frightening underpaid and underappreciated fast-food workers in the area.
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Zoocheck, a wildlife protection group based in Canada, has pointed out that many of those once-loved pets end up in a bad situation.
On its website, Zoocheck stated, “The bulk of these creatures are anxious, physically drained, and unable to survive.” “The majority perish from famine, cold, or predation.”