Video: Snake escape panics neighborhood

updated 2/3/2009 11:11:44 AM ET 2009-02-03T16:11:44

A 23-foot, 130-pound python can run but it can't hide.

The orange reticulated python, the world's longest snake species, and a second python escaped from a terrarium inside their owner's home in San Luis Obispo on Sunday night.

Police quickly warned residents that the snakes, though domesticated, were large enough to make meals of young children or pets.

But both were captured in the neighborhood by Monday afternoon. The smaller python, a 12-footer, was spotted under the owner's porch.

The 23-footer was found basking in the sun in a backyard several blocks away.

No injuries were reported. Police said the snakes' owner will not be cited.

"There is no leash law for snakes," police Sgt. Kurt Hixenbaugh said.

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