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A ball python.

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. — A Georgia woman’s 16 ball pythons were released into the wild after she broke up with her boyfriend and he let them loose, WFXG reported.

Now, authorities are trying to find them.

“Right now, we’re just trying to determine where they were released at. So, hopefully, if they can be recovered, she’ll be able to get her snakes back,” said Sergeant Matt Garthright with Georgia DNR Law Enforcement.

The woman said the snakes range from 6 weeks to 9 years old. They are non-venomous and are not a threat to people or pets.

“Being held in captivity they’ve kind of lost their sense to hunt and find food. They require a lot of heat, so as temperatures start to fall over the next month or so, they’re survival is very limited,” Garthright said.