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)…
Transfixed, mesmerized, captivated, obsessed…go on. https://t.co/azyT5aIhke
— Wessie P. Thon (@WessieThon) August 22, 2016
…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.