Pythons found in Lacamas Park

Camas police officers find eight medium-sized snakes near Round Lake parking lot; believe the pythons may have been pets dumped by a previous owner

A python rests near a tree in Lacamas Park in Camas on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Camas police officers discovered eight medium-sized pythons near the Round Lake parking lot Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy of Camas Police Department)

Camas police officer Gary Manning holds one of eight pythons discovered near the Round Lake parking lot in Camas' Lacamas Park on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Camas Police Department)

Camas police responding to a report of large snakes in Lacamas Park Thursday morning discovered eight medium-sized pythons near the parking area by Round Lake. 

Camas Police Sgt. Scot Boyles said the snakes, which ranged in length from 3 to 6 feet, were lethargic, possibly due to the cooler temperatures. 

Officers conducted “an extensive search” of the area, but did not find any other snake, Boyles said. 

In a press release, Camas police said the snakes were pythons — possibly ball or Burmese pythons, according to Boyles — not native to the Pacific Northwest and typically owned as pets. 

Authorities believe a previous owner may have left the snakes at the park. 

Officers working with Clark County Animal Control were able to contain the snakes and have them transported to an animal shelter. The snakes will be examined and could be re-homed. 

Boyles said the discovery was unusual.

“I’ve been here 23 years, and I remember a snapping turtle was found (in Lacamas Park) about 10 or 12 years ago, but I don’t recall any (pythons) — at least not eight of them,” Boyles said.