If you see a large snake, don't panic. A python is missing in Gatineau and police are trying to reassure the public.\nIts owner called authorities on July 10 to report the loss of their pet but the metre-long snake had already been loose in Hull’s Hautes-Plains neighbourhood for several days, announced Gatineau police on Monday.\n\n\n\nEditor's Choice: Quebec Is Going To Fine Business Owners Up To $6,000 If Customers Don't Wear Masks\n\n\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nThe Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) would like to reassure the population about the possible presence of a python on the loose\n\n\nService de police de la Ville de Gatineau\n\n\nThe owner put up several posters throughout the community warning residents of the missing snake and promising a reward to anyone who found the animal.\nAfter consulting the Outaouais SPCA, police announced the ball python does not pose a threat to people.\nPolice are inviting anyone who sees the python to call (819) 246-0222.\nIf you spot the snake, do not try and pick it up as this species does not like to be touched, say police. \nAccording to allreptiles.ca, ball pythons are popular pets because they are relatively quiet and "docile." They like to roll themselves up in a ball when threatened, hence the name. \nThey’re mainly nocturnal, so keep an eye out if you’re jogging around Gatineau at night.\nVia Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau\n\nThis article's cover image is used for illustrative purposes only.