Aug 30, 2016 5:15 PM

10-foot snakeskin found in New England park ID'd as anaconda skin

PORTLAND, Maine — The gigantic snakeskin found in Westbrook earlier in August used to be worn by an anaconda, a South American predator made notorious by Hollywood movies, experts say.

READ: Experts working to ID species of giant snake skin found in Maine park

The Bangor Daily News reported that the John Placyk, a University of Texas herpetologist ran genetic tests on the skin for the Westbrook police, and found that the snake was a 100% match for an anaconda.

The skin was discovered by the Presumpscot River following a summer of reported snake sightings in Westbrook, including one from June that recalled a snake as long as a truck with the head the size of a small ball.

Police have reported seeing a 10-foot snake eating what seemed to be a beaver by the riverbank.

There is no way to know for certain that the 12-foot, 1-inch, 4-inch in diameter skin belongs to the snakes spotted earlier in the season, police say.


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