Python shot outside Minnesota's Camp Ripley

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A python was shot outside Camp Ripley near Little Falls in central Minnesota earlier this month, the St. Cloud Times reports.

The snake was found at about 9:55 p.m. July 7 on Minnesota Highway 115, the newspaper reports.

Puzzled Morrison County Sheriff's deputies called the state Department of Natural Resources. DNR officials told them that the snake is not typically found in Minnesota and was likely a pet that had been released, the Times reports.

DNR officials also said the python was a threat to wildlife, so the python was shot, although it was not reported which agency shot the animal or how authorities disposed of the python. The length of the snake was not reported.

Stories of found pythons are not uncommon nationwide. Just a few days ago, a little dog named Daisy found an escaped python on Dartmouth College’s campus, Valley News in New Hampshire reported.

A few months ago, the longest Burmese python ever found in Florida – 18.8 feet long – was discovered by a 23-year-old state resident – who decided to wrestle with it, National Geographic reported.

Are pythons good pets? It's a hot debate among some animal lovers.

An 8-foot pet python strangled a 2-year-old in 2009.

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