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article imageTourists find python in trunk of rental car

By Martin Laine     Sep 26, 2014 in Odd News
Two women on their way to a vacation in Maine Wednesday got the scare of their lives when they opened the trunk of their rental to find a python curled up against their luggage.
According to a story in the Portland Press-Herald, the two women — whose names were not given — flew to Boston, rented a car and drove north to Kennebunk, Maine, where they had planned to spend the night at the Port Inn on Route 1 before traveling on the next day.
When they went to get their luggage from the trunk of the car, they discovered the snake — a four-foot long ball python — next to their luggage. They called police to remove the reptile.
“As calls go, this one was pretty strange,” said Deputy Police Chief Dan Jones. “They were pretty shaken up. They wanted a new rental even after we removed the snake.”
Ball pythons are not poisonous, and generally not aggressive. Officers coaxed the snake into a pillowcase and brought it to police headquarters where it spent the night in an office. It was turned over to the Maine Warden Service the next day. They in turned it over to a program called Sparks Ark Animal Services in New Gloucester.
Native to Africa, their scientific name is Python regius, or “Royal Python.” Queen Cleopatra is reputed to have worn one wrapped around her wrist as a bracelet. In the United States they are more commonly called Ball Pythons, because of their tendency to wrap themselves into a ball when sleeping or as a defensive posture.
They are a popular pet in the United States and even have their own website World of Ball Pythons. Who knew?
In addition to information about the snakes and their proper care, there’s a lot of information about breeding, along with pictures and videos of “morphs” — variants with unusual color patterns.
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