KENNEBUNK, Maine — A Massachusetts woman called Kennebunk police after seeing a picture of the ball python found in the trunk of a rental car in Kennebunk that made national headlines last week, believing it may belong to her. The snake’s new caretaker believes it’s a case of mistaken identity.
Kennebunk Deputy Police Chief Dan Jones said the woman, from Danvers, Massachusetts, called police and said the python could belong to her. Jones said the woman told police her snake got lost outside of her house two weeks ago. She said it could have hitched a ride to Logan International Airport in Boston in her husband’s car before somehow moving to a random rental car.
“She [thought] it was her snake because the picture on the news had the same markings and was close to the same size,” Jones said.
Jones said police referred the woman to Sparks’ Ark in New Gloucester, where the snake was taken after it was found in the rental car trunk by two women who had traveled to Kennebunk from Logan airport. But Josh Sparks, of Sparks’ Ark, said markings on ball pythons are nearly all identical and while the snake the woman is missing is three-and-a-half-years-old, the one found in Kennebunk is only six months.
“The one she had was a few years old and this is just a baby one,” Sparks said. “She has the picture from the police and it looks bigger than it is. It fits in the palm of your hand.”
Though its rightful owner has not come forward, Sparks said, the python is doing well. “It just needed to get warmed up a little bit,” he said.
The python was found by the two women in the trunk of their rental car on Wednesday night, after they traveled to Kennebunk from the airport. Police got the python into a pillow case and kept it at the department, in a crate from the department’s animal control officer, overnight.
Sparks said he will hold onto the snake in case someone comes looking for it, but he doubts that will happen. He said more likely will be that he’ll keep the snake for educational programs for schools and libraries, adding him to the ranks of his other three snakes, all red-tailed boa constrictors.