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4-meter python discovered on south German road

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4-meter python discovered on south German road
A police car illuminates the giant snake in its headlights. Photo: DPA
11:49 CET+01:00
Police were called out on Thursday evening after a huge python was found near service station in southern Germany.

The cold-blooded reptile was lying motionless on the asphalt near Lorch in Baden-Württemberg when police arrived at the scene shortly after 7 pm.

But officers were unsure whether the animal was not moving due to the cold, or was in fact dead.

A veterinarian was called to the scene and ascertained that the snake had in fact shuffled off this mortal coil.

A veterinarian examines the jaws of the four-foot python found on the road in south-west Germany. Photo :DPA

Police are now trying to find out how the python came to be on the road side.

Pythons are a protected species in Germany and can only be owned with a special licence, Stern reports.

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