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Snakes rescued after being left for dead

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WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Two albino Burmese pythons were found alone in a small tank covered in mites and feces.

"I am surprised they lived this long," said Humane Society Police Officer Ame Kessler, who rescued the snakes.

"They have mites; it's the equivalent of you having a thousand ticks on your body," said Kessler.

She says each of them are suffering from scale rot, mouth rot and abrasions on their noses and faces from trying to escape.

"It breaks my heart. I think there are two kinds of people: those who get hardened by it seeing it on a daily basis, and then there are people like me who emotionally it takes a toll on me everyday," said Kessler.

She believes they have been abandoned for at least two months, and she's noticed a trend not just with snakes but also alligators.

"I see a lot more reptiles with cruelty violations than I do with dogs and cats. They buy something as a baby, and they think it's really cool to have this snake that's going to get huge, or an alligator they have no clue what to do with it," said Kessler.

The snakes were trapped inside of a shed on Gilbert Lane in Lower Windsor Township. Brenda Sylvester lives across the street.

"If you can't take care of them, then give them a good home. I mean, come on. It's not fair to the snake, and it's not fair to the neighborhood," said Sylvester.

Both snakes are expected to make full recoveries, and when they do, they will be up for adoption. The original owner of the snakes, Rodney Steeley of Lower Windsor, will face multiple citations, according to officials.

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