**This story has been updated on June 7, 2019.
A 15-foot python escaped a week ago in Morgantown. As of today, it has not been found and local police have stopped their official search. According to Morgantown police, the snake was last seen Friday, May 31.
It is unclear if the python is still alive. Ginny Mule, Cheat Lake Animal Hospital veterinarian who treats reptiles, said the python is not native to West Virginia. She added that the snake requires a climate between 78 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. According to recent weather reports, temperatures dropped to 55 degrees in Morgantown.
“It could’ve died of natural causes kind of being out and exposed when it is cold at night," Mule said. "But it’s also possible that because of their ability to camouflage that it’s still alive and just kind of hanging out there.”
In the case the python is still alive, police ask that if you see it to call 911.
**Original story from May 31, 2019.
Authorities say a 15-foot python is on the loose in Morgantown, West Virginia, in the Sabraton area. Morgantown Police say the python slithered out of a truck and escaped into the woods as a man was transporting it late Thursday.
According to a press release from the police department, at 10:48 p.m. officers of the Morgantown Police Department received a call about a large snake that escaped from a truck. A man was transporting the python, but during transport, the animal “escaped its enclosure and was inside the vehicle. The owner then exited the vehicle, and the snake escaped into the woods where it climbed a tree. Officers were unable to secure the snake.”
The snake was last seen in a large tree next to Listravia Avenue, near a Sheetz gas station outside Morgantown.
Police are asking residents to pay close attention to children and small pets while outdoors. Danny Hoover, a resident who lives close to where the snake was last seen, said he is worried “it's going to get into our house and get our cats.”
On Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Morgantown Police Department posted on their Facebook page that they are still looking for the snake. Police are asking that anyone with information about the snake's whereabouts to call 911.