Wednesday, October 26, 2005

You lost your Python?

No, it's not what you think. A farmer in Iowa found an 11-foot python in his corn field. Only in Iowa:

"It was coiled up in a roll between two rows of corn. I thought it was a tire laying in the field," he said Wednesday.

Schuknecht, 49, of Paullina, said he poked it with his combine and it didn't move. He got out to investigate, and realized it was a snake.

"I thought, 'Holy cripe!' It was big," he said. "I thought maybe it was dead, and then it started moving really slow."

He grabbed its tail to pull it out of the way.


He and his father took the snake to town in a cardboard box and had it weighed at the grain elevator - 45 pounds. They measured it at 11.5 feet.


The Department of Natural Resources took the snake to a reptile nature center in Ames. Schuknecht said he since has learned that it belongs to a man near Germantown.

"He'd been missing it since the first part of July," Schuknecht said.

This all begs the question: How did you loose your python? Again, only in Iowa...

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