Jamie the python with the Adelaide snake catcher who returned it home to its owner Lachie (right). (Facebook: Lachie Evins)
A rogue carpet python’s months-long adventure through the suburbs of Adelaide has come to an end with the missing pet found and returned to its happy owners.
- Jamie is a two-metre long Centralian carpet python who went missing in August
- His owners described him as a “member of the family”
- He was been found laying in the sun in a neighbours yard two months later
Jamie the Centralian carpet python slithered from his room at Stonyfell, in Adelaide’s foothills, in late August.
His owner Samantha Evins and her son Lachie spent countless days patrolling the streets looking for him, distributing missing python posters which describe Jamie as “docile and friendly”.
In August, Ms Evins described just how docile their much-loved pet is.
“He is a member of our family — he swims with us in the pool, he goes for walks with us. I know it sounds strange,” Ms Evins told ABC Radio in August.
After weeks of not knowing if they would ever see their pet python again, the family was overjoyed to be reunited with Jamie last week.
Ms Evins said at first the family was reluctant to believe the find was legitimately their pet, having been called numerous times for different pythons found.
“We had a call from Snake Catchers Adelaide and we’d had many calls from beautiful people who thought they had found Jamie, so I really thought it would just really be another dead end and it couldn’t possibly be him,” Ms Evins told ABC Radio Adelaide.
Jamie the two-metre long Centralian carpet python was reunited with his owners, Lachie and Samantha Evins. (Facebook: Samantha Evins)
“But he was curled up asleep in the sun on a neighbour’s garden hose, which is quite funny because it’s mating season so we were joking [that] he probably thought he could get it on with the garden hose.”
Ms Evins said the snake catcher knocked on the door and pulled out this massive python and this time, it was Jamie.
She said she smothered both the snake catcher and Jamie in “kisses and cuddles” and the good news was just what her family needed.
“It’s been a rough year for us, so to have him home was just wonderful, [we] can’t stop smiling,” she said.
Jamie, who has been in the care of Ms Evins’ 18-year-old son Lachie for more than a decade, escaped through a hole in the flyscreen in August.
Ms Evins said she was the one who left the window open and her son had never held any anger towards her, but let his feelings known after Jamie returned home.
“Lachie has never blamed me for being so stupid as to leave the window open with a ripped screen,” she said.
“But [when] we got Jamie back he said to me ‘Mum, you know I was really upset with you; how stupid you were’.”
Are they sure it’s definitely Jamie?
Ms Evins said her neighbours were “relieved” that the python had been found and she was 100 per cent sure that the snake returned home was their beloved pet.
“He’s got these freckles on his face and certain parts of his body … when you’ve been with your pet for over 10 years, you know all their markings,” she said.
“We’d gone to various places with snake catchers looking at pythons that have been found and we knew immediately it wasn’t him.
“[This time] it’s definitely him and he’s beautiful.”
She said the pet was now comfortably back in its room and the family had already taken him on one of their popular walks around the neighbourhood.
“It sounds ridiculous but yes we have [taken him for a walk] and everyone is non-stop smiling in this house,” she said.