CCTV has captured 2 men and a women stealing a baby albino python from PETstock in Sefton Park.
Just before 5:00pm on Friday, the two broke the lock of the enclosure of the two-month-old albino python valued at $600 and stashing the snake into a bag.
The PETstock staff are extremely concerned for the python’s wellbeing as without specific care the snake won’t survive.
PETstock state manage Belinda Stansfield said “It needs the correct humidity, heating and lighting and it needs to be fed weekly, they do require a lot of care as babies.”
“This snake has not been given the right to grow up in the right environment where it will receive the right care.”
“It has caused much distress to the staff who care for these animals and are very worried for its welfare.”
Due to the required permits and record-keeping, the thieves won’t be able to sell the snake legally.
“For us, it’s not about the money it’s that someone’s stolen a live animal and that’s not on,” she said.
“Basically this snake is going to end up on the black market or sold illegally, there’s no legal way for them to sell this snake.
“We just want the snake back and for it to be safe and no questions asked.
“If anyone knows the people in the video or a family member or friend who has just acquired a hatchling albino we would like them to come forward and help out.”
Along with the snake, the thieves stole fish food from the fridge and a $100 dog brush.
Anyone with information please contact Sefton Park store at 8465 5009.