How did an 18ft python end up dead on a country road?

How did an 18ft python end up dead on a country road?

9th April 2007

The snake's body was found by a dog-walker

This 18ft python should be slithering through the jungle.

But yesterday on a country road in North Yorkshire it was going nowhere fast.

A man out walking his dog got the shock of his life when he stumbled upon its body.

Baffled police are trying to find out how the fully grown reptile wound up in the village of Cloughton near Scarborough, a million miles from its natural habitat.

Ann Tindall, who lives nearby and also spotted the snake, said: "It was a real surprise to see it. You just cannot believe that something like this could be found somewhere like Scarborough.

"We measured it and it came to about 17.7ft."

Police said the snake had started to decompose by the time it was discovered.

After analysing the photo, one reptile expert said the snake was probably an African rock python.

Inspector Simon Lovell, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "We have no idea where it came from. The suggestion has been made that maybe it had outgrown somebody and been dumped as a result or dumped after it died.

"More inquiries will be made into the matter. Certainly there are no signs that it has been deliberately killed."

Over a million people in England own an exotic reptile.

Snakes are becoming increasingly popular as pets, although many owners underestimate the difficulties of looking after them.
L Gilbert
Gee, lemme think here a sec: an escapee that died of starvation, old age, climactic shock (exposure), etc.

Always wanted an Emerald Boa, but I like my dogs and cats around, too.
That python shares a vague resemblance to the Queen, they have similar skin it seems.
L Gilbert
Inbreeding does strange things, alright.

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