Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning finds lost carpet python's owner

FOUND: Owner Kath Chapman (left), with the carpet python now known as Obelius and DELWP senior forest and wildlife officer Paul Ryan. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
FOUND: Owner Kath Chapman (left), with the carpet python now known as Obelius and DELWP senior forest and wildlife officer Paul Ryan. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

LOST carpet python Stanley has been reunited with its owner.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning environmental compliance officers have been searching for Stanley’s owner for more than a month.

Stanley was found in a woodshed in Buninyong – well outside the natural range and climate for the species, department officers said. 

The department was unsure where the python’s home was and extended their call for the owner across Western Victoria. 

Officers said the carpet python was healthy and happy being handled, which is why they believed they belonged to someone.

DELWP senior forest and wildlife officer Paul Ryan said it turned out that Stanley was female and its real name is Obelius. 

“Her owner was over the moon to have her slithering in her arms again,” he said. 

“The owner is so grateful to the people who found the carpet python and called to have her rescued from their woodshed. 

“She assures us that the reptile will be happy to be home.”