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Giant Anaconda Skin Stokes Mystery of Maine’s Elusive ‘Wessie’


A snakeskin found along the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, earlier this month came from an anaconda. The latest twist in the baffling story of “Wessie,” a supposedly enormous snake that has become a local legend in the town of Westbrook, Maine.


“If there is an anaconda, it’ll be dead pretty soon,” says Lally. She adds that the snake doesn’t pose a major public safety threat, though he recommends that people not let their dogs and cats loose along the Presumpscot River. In the meantime, officials continue to look for the snake—and Rivas remains hopeful that they can catch it alive and unharmed.

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