FAIRFIELD — Police on Monday helped Main Street residents deal with an unwanted visitor — a 3-and-a-half-foot long snake — that showed up in their apartment looking for a free meal.

An officer was called to the residence shortly after 10:20 p.m. to deal with a snake that was loose in the apartment, trying to eat the residents’ pet parakeets, Capt. Paul St. Amand said Tuesday.

The snake, a python, did not belong to the apartment residents and they did not know where it had come from, he said.

“Apparently, it was hungry,” Amand said.

Officer Matthew Wilcox picked the animal up and put it into a pillowcase before taking it to the Police Department. The Maine Warden Service collected the snake Tuesday morning, and St. Amand believed it would be taken to an animal sanctuary.

Police believe the snake is a pet that escaped from another apartment in the building. No one has called the department to report a missing snake, St. Amand said.

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