A pet python is missing in Newton

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This Feb. 16, 2013, photo shows a Burmese python (not the one missing) being displayed at Zoo Miami.

Someone’s pet Burmese python is missing in Newton.

The snake, which is about 6 to 8 feet long, escaped from a backyard on Jewett Street around 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said in a statement. The home is in the Newton Corner area.

The snake’s owner told police it is black, gold, yellow, and thick.

Burmese pythons are not poisonous, but they still bite. Veterinarian website Pet MD calls Burmese pythons “gentle giants.”

“According to the Animal Rescue League, the snake will be out during the warmer periods but as it turns cooler, it seeks the warmth from home foundations, garages etc.,” police said.

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The Wildlife Learning Center says Burmese pythons are generally found on the ground, but they can also climb trees and are good swimmers.

Police are asking that anyone who spots the python not approach it and call dispatch directly at 617-796-2100.