10-foot snake on the loose in small Maine town; locals name it ‘Wessie’

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Take a look at this picture, and shudder.

That’s apparently the moulted skin of a snake. An enormously large snake. A snake that was last spotted munching on a large mammal, possibly a beaver.

That was back in June.

But, now comes this picture from over the weekend, indicating it’s still hanging around.

The townsfolk in Westbrook, Maine are fascinated.

They’ve given the 10-foot-long reptile a name, Wessie.

It’s got its own Twitter feed (obviously)…

…and – we kid you not – its own tribute song.

But, until cops can figure out what kind of snake they’re dealing with here – a python? a boa constrictor? – they’re warning residents to keep a safe distance.

Slip sliding away

A resident first spotted the snake slithering past a children’s playground in June.

A few days later, two officers spotted it eating its beaver/large mammal meal and then swim away across the river.

They knew the snake would lay low for a couple of days.

After all, it had eaten a substantial meal.

On Saturday, officials came across the snake skin in a park.

The police department sent in a tissue sample and photos to a herpetologist to figure out what species the snake is.

“I’m not sure how long that process will take,” said Police Capt. Sean Lally.

Westbrook Main PD
Westbrook Main PD

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