Big snakes in Maine? Maybe.

First in Cumberland County’s Westbrook with “Wessie,” reportedly an anaconda. Now, in Vienna, a town in Kennebec County with a population of about 570.

A dispatcher at the Augusta Regional Communications Center said Thursday that someone had called to report a large snake in the town of Vienna.

The dispatcher said Game Warden Chris McCabe, of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, was sent to investigate, but she could offer no other information.

Police radio traffic indicated that the snake may have been about 5 feet long, red and tan in color, and possibly hissing at someone.

Warden McCabe did not immediately return a call Thursday for information on the report. Cpl. John MacDonald, public relations and information officer at the wildlife department, said via email that he had not heard of the report.

There are only nine species and two sub-species of snakes in Maine, none of them venomous and only one considered endangered.

The Vienna snake report is not the first in Maine in recent months. Westbrook police said Aug. 20 that a large snake skin was found near a boat launch in Riverbank Park along the Presumpscot River, suggesting that a large snake first spotted earlier in the summer had stayed in the area. They called the snake Wessie.

Riverbank Park is where two police officers reported in late June that they saw a snake, estimated to be 10 feet long, eating a mammal for its dinner.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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