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Python escapes at DeLand elementary school

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DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Just after 8 a.m. on Monday morning, some third-graders at Citrus Grove Elementary School in DeLand noticed "Brownie," a ball python had gotten out of his cage.

"The snake was loose," said Riley Johnson.  "First, we started searching all over the classroom; we started working a little bit after searching."

Brownie, a 2-foot-long pet snake was brought in by a teacher a few weeks ago and has been used as a science class learning tool.  Sometime, either over the weekend or early in the morning, Brownie escaped.  

It just so happened that a representative of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was at the school for something unrelatedd. Teachers cleared out the classrooms so the FWC and staff could look for the snake, which has yet to be found.

"Some kids were kinda sad we lost the snake, but some of us aren't that scared," said Riley.

The principal said the snake is within district guidelines for exotic pets allowed into classrooms, but she said she will rethink things since this happened.

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