Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 9th, 2009
Recall the recent find of a large snake in Portland, Maine?
Ecomaine employees Charlie Radley and Goran Dobric display a dead 7-foot-long python they found recently while handling recycled materials at the local Maine facility.
Missi Labbe, a cryptozoology museum supporter, who happens to be the Program Development Manager at ecomaine has forwarded an update on the snake found discarded in a Portland recycling bin.
Bob Dubois of the Maine Herpetological Society was consulted as to the probable species. He told ecomaine manager Labbe that he thought it was an African rock python (Python sebae). It is a species that is restricted in Maine, meaning that it is not to be kept unless the owner has a special permit.
Dubois admitted that the snake could be easily mistaken for the Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus), which it resembles even though the two species are not closely related.
Labbe also shares the following two photographs that were unpublished, but do show the markings on the snake more clearly.
Click on the above image for a larger photo.
Missi Labbe is on the lookout for any alligators that come through ecomaine, or she hears about as being found in the sewers.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.