The snake was found early in the morning at a New Holland Sheetz store. Photo: Google Maps, inset iStock

An African ball python that was found near a convenience store in New Holland, Pennsylvania, in the United States last week was set to be reunited with its owner.

The three-foot python, named Butter, was found by local man Dale Stoltzfus, who was doing the early morning shift in the parking lot of a store at about 5am on Aug. 30, Lancaster Online reported last week.

Stoltzfus placed the snake in a cardboard box and called the Organization for Responsible Care of Animals for help, who referred him to the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary.

Jesse Rothacker, the founder of the sanctuary, said he received calls from about 10 people who claimed to be the owner of the reptile. He said he identified a woman who was the real owner after she sent him photos that matched the snake’s appearance, Lancaster Online reported.

She said her family owned more than one pet snake and that this snake had escaped from an improperly latched cage. 
Rothacker suspected the snake got out of the house and curled up in a vehicle nearby, which then stopped at the convenience store, ending the snake’s joyride.

African ball pythons make popular pets due to their docile nature and maximum length of six feet.

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