A massive snakeskin was found near the Presumpscot River in Maine this weekend in the same area where a 10-foot-long snake was previously spotted, prompting police to issue a warning.
A citizen found the snakeskin Saturday afternoon, near the boat launch of Riverbank Park, according to a Facebook post from the Westbrook Police Department.
Officers were alerted to the discovery and responded to the scene. They photographed, collected and tagged the shed skin as they attempted to determine the type of snake and any possible risk it poses to the public.
In late June, police patrolling Riverbank Park witnessed a large snake eating a mammal, possibly a beaver, according to a separate Facebook post from the department.
The snake — dubbed “Wessie” or the “Presumpscot Python” — swam across the river and disappeared in the underbrush.
The department warned people who visit the Presumpscot River area to remain on alert while officials assess the public safety risk.
Anyone who sees the snake is urged to maintain a safe distance and call Westbrook police at 207-854-0644.