African snake found at DuPage County forest preserve

  • Sgt. Krist Schroeder of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County police captured and removed a ball python at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton on Wednesday. The snake, suspected to be an abandoned pet, was taken to DuPage County Animal Control.

    Sgt. Krist Schroeder of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County police captured and removed a ball python at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton on Wednesday. The snake, suspected to be an abandoned pet, was taken to DuPage County Animal Control. Courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

  • Sgt. Krist Schroeder of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County police captured and removed a ball python at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton on Wednesday. It's suspected that someone released the snake as an unwanted pet.

    Sgt. Krist Schroeder of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County police captured and removed a ball python at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton on Wednesday. It's suspected that someone released the snake as an unwanted pet. Courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

 
 
Updated 10/21/2021 4:03 PM

A snake native to Africa has been removed from the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton after a visitor found the reptile coiled beneath her car.

The ball python was removed Wednesday from the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton after a woman who had been walking at the preserve noticed a large snake under her car and called police.

 

Sgt. Krist Schroeder, an officer with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, grabbed the snake and removed it from the area, WLS-TV reported.

Schroeder said it wasn't the first time he's captured a snake at the preserve.

He said he gets sad every time people dispose of animals there and wants to remind them that it is illegal to release pets or wildlife into forest preserves.

He said that doing so could harm the released animals as well as species native to the area.

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