Jonesboro Woman Finds "Big Surprise" in Flower Bed

JUNE 14, 2004 - Posted at 4:17 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - One Jonesboro woman got quite big surprise over the weekend when she stepped outside to do a little yard work.

Karan Payton was preparing to work in her flower beds when she suddenly found a six-foot long Burmese Python slithering through it.  After Payton calmed down, Jonesboro animal control officers were called to the Payton home to collect the big reptile, which is believed to be an escaped pet.

Animal control officer Dawn Riggins says exotic animals as pets are not right for just anyone.  "Exotic animals don't make good pets, I guess that's what I'm trying to say.  Stick with your dogs and cats and your domestic animals," said Riggins.

The snake will be held by animal control officers for two weeks.  If, after that time, it is not claimed by its owner, the snake will be made available for adoption.