Python reunited with owner after being left in motel room
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:15:13 GMT —
A five-foot jungle carpet python found in a vacant Myrtle Beach motel room last week has been reunited with his owner.
"Our friend came to us and told us 'Look they found it. It's on the news'," said python owner Kennie Michaux.
It's been more than a month since Michaux and his family lost their python while staying at the Coral Sands Motel.
Michaux and his family had just moved to Myrtle Beach from West Virginia, and he said the motel was aware his family kept snakes as pets when they moved in.
"She (hotel manager) charged us a weekly rate plus a $150 dollars for the snakes because we had pets, and she was fine with it," he said.
Other tenants complained about the snakes though, and he said his family was kicked out.
During the move though, the python got out.
"I told them there was a snake loose in there, and they gave me until the end of the day to get it. But I never found it."
The Coral Sands front desk worker told NewsChannel 15 hotel management did not want to comment on this story.
"I've gone back there several times and asked if they found my snake," said Michaux, "but they always told me no.. even after the story on the news aired."
Michaux said another woman lived in the room after his family, and she was never told about the snake.
When the snake was first found in the room last Thursday, NewsChannel 15 called Russell Cavender, The Snake Chaser.
The maintenance worker who found the snake didn't know what to do after finding the snake resting on a window sill in the room.
Cavender first believed irresponsible owners left the python behind, but he changed his opinion after talking to Michaux's girlfriend, Grace Spillman, on Sunday.
"She called and said, 'I think you have my snake,'" said Cavender. "After talking to her for a while, I could tell she genuinely loved this snake. She called me a month ago when they lost the snake asking if I found a python. But I didn't put the two together until I spoke with her."
On Monday, Cavender returned the python to Michaux, Spillman and their five young boys free of charge.
"He (Cavender) said I need proof that this is yours. So, I showed him pictures," said Spillman. "I told him this is like one of my kids."
The family had named the snake, Surecon, because the snake's distinct "S" on its head.
They also own a red tail boa constrictor named Chocolate Chip.
"My kids play with them like other people would play with their dogs," said Michaux.