10-foot dead snake found in Seine in Paris

July 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

PARIS, July 13 (UPI) -- Police in Paris said a 10-foot dead snake pulled from the River Seine was likely a pet abandoned by its owner when it became too large.

Investigators said Wednesday the snake was badly decomposed but was likely a python, Radio France Internationale reported Friday.

The discovery raised concerns about people throwing their dead pets into the Seine.

Police said they have noted a growing problem with exotic-pet owners abandoning the animals when they become too large.

"Mature reflection and proper knowledge of these animals are necessary before buying them," a police official said.

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