"We didn't know who did it at the time, we just knew that it couldn't get out, it was a locked cage," said Elizabeth Decker.
The "it" Elizabeth Decker is referring to is a $400 albino ball python.
She realized the python was missing during her shift at A2Z reptiles in Belleview on Monday.
"We were helping a customer, and while we were helping the customer, the gentleman went over there and grabbed the snake and he put it in his car," said Decker.
But as this surveillance video shows, before the man put the snake in car, he put the snake in his pants.
A shocking way to handle the heist, but according to Decker, not unheard of.
"I have heard it before, not at this store, but at other places it has happened, it's really rare," said Decker.
Decker says the man likely targeted this style of snake specifically because of its defense mechanism.
"What they do is they ball up, instead of actually trying to attack. you are more likely to get attacked by a dog than a ball python," said Decker.
The man that stole the python has since returned the snake to a veterinarian to treat an injury.
Decker says the python has a 50/50 shot to make it out alive.
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