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Posted: September 30, 2017

5-foot-long python found in Massachusetts manhole

Dangerous Snakes


By Christine McCarthy,


Department of Public Works and Parks employees made a wild discovery in a Massachusetts town Friday.

The workers found a 5-foot python in Worcester’s water drainage system. 

The exotic snake was discovered when the crew lifted a manhole cover  during routine maintenance. 

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The snake is not native to the U.S. and was likely someone's pet. Officials suspect it  escaped and found its way into the storm drain. 

"This wasn't a very subtle looking snake. This was, like, bright-colored yellow and red stripes, so it looked rather ominous and it was a sizeable one at that," said Phil Guerin, the director of sewer and water operations. 

Animal control quickly seized the snake and placed it in a facility. 

"This is a tropical python. Somebody probably had it as a pet (and) it either escaped, or it was (once) a cute little pet (but) not so much when it’s six feet and it just ate your dog, I suppose," Guerin said. 

DPW staff members joked that it’s clear the city's water systems are good and clean if they can support such wildlife. 

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