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Fleeting Wonders: A Python in a Pile of Jeans

You better slither yourself away from those skinny jeans, kiddo. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/Creative Commons)

Vintage shopping is an unpredictable experience. Sometimes nothing takes your fancy, sometimes you find a great ensemble for dirt cheap. And sometimes you find an eight-foot python.

As the Miami Herald reports, a customer rummaging through clothes at a flea market in Homestead, Florida on Sunday morning was shocked to discover a Burmese python nestled between stacks of folded jeans. The snake, which weighed around 40 pounds, seemed to have slithered into the market and curled up for a snooze after chowing down on a big meal. 

The customer alerted the booth owner, who called the fire department. Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Lt. Scott Mullen arrived on the scene, gently grabbed the snake from its snuggly, fashion-forward pit, and hauled it off to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. The Herald notes that “no clothes were ruined” during the extraction.

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