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3.5-meter-long pet python on the loose after escaping Yokohama home

Kanagawa Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi/Akihiko Yamamoto)

YOKOHAMA -- A python measuring about 3.5 meters long was found to have escaped from a man's home in this city south of Tokyo on the night of May 6, police said.

    A man in Yokohama's Totsuka Ward reported to Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Totsuka Police Station at around 9:25 p.m. that he noticed his python had disappeared from his home when he returned from work at about 9 p.m.

    According to the police station, the man kept the reticulated python -- of unknown sex -- as a pet at home. He reportedly explained that the window was left slightly open, and that the snake may have escaped from it.

    The Yokohama Municipal Government designates reticulated pythons as specified animals that people must have permission to keep. Two officers are patrolling the area in a police car, and the police station is asking people to report any sightings of the snake.

    (Japanese original by Tsumuki Nakamura, Yokohama Bureau)

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