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Meth-addicted snake, that can't be named for legal reasons, in prison detox

The meth-addicted snake (Image via New South Wales Corrective Services)
The meth-addicted snake (Image via New South Wales Corrective Services)

A python that has become addicted to meth is one of many animals that are in a prison detox scheme for animals in Australia.

The Telegraph report on the reptile, which 'can't be named for legal reasons', after it was found in a meth lab by cops on a raid.

The jungle python had absorbed the meth through its skin and became addicted to the powerful drug.

The drug made the snake more aggressive so it went through a six-week detox in a wildlife centre attached to a prison in a town called Windsor, west of Sydney.

Hundreds of other animals seized during police raids are housed at the centre, and minimum security prisoners from the jail work at the centre with the non-venomous animals.

Specially trained staff deal with the more dangerous animals.

Senior Overseer Ian Mitchell said: “It just takes time for the drug to leave the snake’s system but through our assistance, we managed to calm it down after several months and bring it back to its routine feeding patterns.”

“We also currently house bearded dragons and blue tongue lizards seized during raids.

“Besides the reptiles associated with criminal cases, we rehabilitate venomous snakes like eastern browns and red bellies that might have been found in backyards or by the side of the road.”

The report adds that at any one time up to 250 animals are in the centre, with birds making up the majority of the 'inmates'.