8-foot snake found in South Philadelphia neighborhood

 An 8-foot snake may not have much to say but he has a whole South Philadelphia neighborhood talking. 
"It didn't scare me. I was like kind of shocked."
Margo Rollins says she woke up early this morning to find the snake in a neighbor's garden. Her son told her it was also on her front steps at one point. 
Philly's Animal Care and Control Team took care of the 12-pound serpentine, which they named Petunia since it was found in the garden.
"We don't see pythons this large very often at ACCT Philly. We see a couple snakes a month but never this big so this is unusual."
Turns out, he belonged to Salih El-Shabazz who says the snake--who's real name is Kaa.--must have slithered out of the house since his door was left open. 
"I'm surprised by all the attention. Not surprised he really got out. He's usually out in the house sometimes. So just he got out of the actual house. I can't really say it's surprising, I did have the door open," he said.
Neighbors like Margo had no idea a snake lived on the block but they know now.
 "I've been on this block block for over 40 years. It was kinda new and then again it wasn't new. We used to say, "always something going on on Tasker street."
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