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LEWISTON, Idaho -- Police departments get calls about proverbial snakes in the grass all the time. But officers in Lewiston recently responded to such a call to find it was literal -- a 6-foot-long python was loitering in someone's backyard.

Police Captain Roger Lanier told the Lewiston Tribune that Thomas Watts called police Tuesday to report the intruder in a garden behind his apartment complex. Lanier said officers were able to wrangle the reptile into two recycle bins, which they zip-tied together before bringing the snake to Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman.

College spokesman Charlie Powell says the snake is a female red-tailed python and is likely someone's pet because it's used to being handled. Lanier says no one has come forward to claim the snake yet.

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