Giant snake spotted in Rumford canal

Posted July 02, 2009, at 10 a.m.

RUMFORD, Maine — The Maine Warden Service is looking into two sightings of a giant snake in the Rumford canal system.

Police told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that two people contacted them Wednesday saying they’d seen a monster snake — perhaps up to 17 feet long — enter the canal system behind a local store.

Snake expert Robbie White told the paper that based on the description, the snake could be a red-tail boa constrictor or a Burmese python. He said snakes in Maine don’t grow to that size, unless it was a pet that escaped.

A spokeswoman said anybody spotting the animal should contact the warden service.