July 2, 2009

10-foot python caught in New York

Police said a 10-foot python discovered in a New York couple's driveway may have been a pet that was released once it became too large to keep.

John and Karen Trapani said they discovered the snake in their driveway as they were preparing to leave for work Wednesday morning, the New York Post reported Thursday.

It was startling, because we never got to see something like this before -- weird but true, John Trapani said.

It was like watching the Discovery Channel, Karen Trapani said.

Police arrived at about 9 a.m. and with the help of a neighbor caught the snake in a cage. Authorities said pythons are illegal to keep as pets in the city.

Investigators said the snake may have been a pet that was released after it grew too large.