Street Cleaners Find 10-Foot Pet Python Dumped in Trash Bags

Street cleaners found the body of a 10ft-long python abandoned in a pile of garbage bags on Monday.

The dead snake was found by the cleaners while on-shift in Grimsby, England, according to a press release by North East Lincolnshire Council.

"None of us have plucked up the courage to fully unravel it, but it looks huge and weighs a fair bit," said deputy street cleansing manager John Munson.

He said that finding the snake was a "total shock" and explained that it was the last thing he would expect to find while cleaning the streets. "Our job is full of surprises, but this was a total shock for our team," he said.

"You don't turn up for work on a Monday morning expecting to find a massive snake dumped behind a hedge."

The snake is thought to be an albino Burmese python, which is one of the largest species of snake. Pythons are not venomous but kill by wrapping themselves around the body of prey and constricting it. Their jaws are also able to extend to be enable prey to be swallowed whole.

Believing that the python was someone's pet, the council has said it wants to track down the owner to find out more about how and why the snake was left dumped on a street corner.

Python in bags
An image of the python found in a pile of garbage bags in Grimsby, England. The local council has said it wants to track down the owner to find out more about how and why the snake was left on the corner of a street. North East Lincolnshire Council

Councilor Ron Shepherd said: "Someone must know where it came from. We all have a legal obligation, or duty of care, to make sure our waste is disposed of correctly."

It certainly isn't the first time a large snake has been discovered in unexpected and unwanted places.

A woman from Queensland, Australia recently found a venomous five-foot eastern brown snake inside her office drawer.

The woman was cleaning up her office after a rodent infestation in the building following a weather event. When she opened the drawer however, she found another unwanted guest.

"(Pseudonaja textilis), often referred to as the Common Brown Snake, it is an [extremely] defensive, DANGEROUSLY VENOMOUS snake," Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation wrote in a Facebook post describing the reptile.

The woman left the office without touching the drawer and called in help from the snake company. They were then able to remove the snake from the office.

"He certainly wasn't happy and a little handful in a small room so [I] removed him from the house to outside where I had more room and was much safer," the Facebook post detailed.