Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Maine: The Python State?

Bangor Daily News reports on the second mystery python found in Maine in less than a week! Illustration from
Pythons found in Maine
By The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Wilton man is having trouble sleeping since he found a python snake about 9 feet long under the engine of his pickup truck.

Harley Burgess’s shocking discovery Saturday is the second of its kind in less than a week in Maine. Last Wednesday, a Gorham woman found a snake — also identified as a reticulated python — in the washing machine.

In Wilton, Burgess says he’s still shaking when he thinks of the python found under his truck. He’s had nightmares about the snake getting his grandson, who was with him the day the python was discovered.

Burgess has been searching for clues as to how the snake got loose in his truck. Reticulated pythons are illegal in Maine without a permit.


Mark LaFlamme said...

I had the pleasure of fondling the first python (sounds filthy, doesn't it?) when it was brough to Lewiston. A very cool reptile, was he. Lots of personality and just as handsome as all get out. It seems to me that Lewiston is the kind of place that ought to be overrun with snakes. One or two more of them and City Administrator Jim Bennett is sure to impose a "snake tax" to go along with the rain runoff tax he invented a couple years ago. Hisssssssss!

Michelle said...

Hey Mark! Whoa... well, I could go on talking about fondling pythons but people would get the wrong idea. *grin*

I do like snakes. Someone had one over their shoulders in the library the other day, and we found out later Portland actually has an ordinance forbidding the public wearing/display of snakes. Huh!

We are now all scratching our heads over the rain runoff tax. Again, huh!!