A 12-foot python spent more than 24 hours wedged in Richfield's sewer after it got away from its owner during a visit to a neighborhood park.
The snake's owner had taken the 45-pound, bright yellow python to Rotary Park on Friday evening to spend time outdoors and play in the grass a typical outing for the man's multiple pet snakes, said Sgt. Russ Horton. The snake apparently found a 4-inch sewer clean-out pipe that was missing a cap and disappeared down it about 6 p.m., Horton said.
The owner borrowed a manhole cover remover from the city and checked several points in the sewer system on Richfield's west side, Horton said. Finally, he hired a plumber to send metal drain tape down the uncapped pipe. The plumber could feel the snake moving inside the pipe, Horton said.