- A 5.1-meter Burmese python went missing two weeks ago
- It returned to its owner's home on its own
- The owner said it had not eaten since it left
A huge 5.1-meter, 45kg Burmese python made headlines two weeks ago when it vanished from its owner's home in Alaska, US.
Alaska reportedly does not have wild snakes. The python's disappearance therefore caused considerable concern among neighboring residents.
The python's owner David Hyde reportedly informed the local animal care department that it returned on its own on May 9.
David, who named the python Sam, said he was going through his daily chores and had left his door open when he found it.
He said: "I thought it'd be OK to leave my door open so I could come and go as I was working on chores. And there he was."
He added that the snake appeared not to have eaten since it left two weeks ago. It also had dark soot marks on its body, an indication that it might have slithered into the roof of a house.
Burmese pythons are native to southeast Asia and are considered an invasive species in the US after their introduction as pets in the 1980s. However, owners often release them into the wild when they become too big to keep as pets.
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