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Python found in rubbish bin

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The python. Photo: APA/LPD STEIERMARK
12:45 CEST+02:00
A woman from Styria had a nasty shock when she went to empty her rubbish on Tuesday - after lifting the lid on a communal waste bin she saw a large python sitting on top of the rubbish.

Police believe the snake was abandoned by its owner and are now trying to track him or her down.

A snake expert from Leoben identified the animal as a non-toxic python. The reptile is about 1.2 meters long. Adult pythons can grow up to two meters long and weigh between one and three kilograms.

The snake was temporarily stored in a bucket and police called the Graz Reptile and Amphibian Society.

Experts said the snake appeared to be in perfect health - but could not have got into the bin itself and must have been left there by its owner. Police and the Reptile Society are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

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