Peninsula Python

Giant SNAKE of Ohio.

Physical description: Length, 15-19 feet. Dark, with brownish blotches.

Behavior: Can climb trees. Rears up like a cobra. Raids henhouses.

Tracks: Width of an automobile tire.

Distribution: Northeastern Ohio. Significant sightings: Clarence Mitchell saw an 18-foot snake crawling across his cornfield near Peninsula, Ohio, on June 8, 1944. After several days of effort, a posse that had been formed on June 25 failed to find any evidence other than broken branches and trails leading to the Cuya-hoga River. Reports of a large snake were made through August 1 by other residents of the valley, including Pauline Hopko, who said it slithered away from a willow tree in her yard and frightened her cows so much that they broke loose and ran away.

Possible explanation: An escaped snake from a carnival truck that supposedly crashed in the area around 1934.

Source: Robert Bordner, "The Peninsula Python: An Absolutely True Story," Atlantic Monthly 176 (November 1945): 88-91.

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