First it was goldfish--unwanted fish released into lakes and lagoons that over time grew to the size of basketballs.
Now a new warning: If you have a pet snake you should never just let it loose in the wild. Police and animal control personnel in Camas, Washington state found eight nonnative pythons slithering around a recreational area on Thursday (July 22nd). They captured the three-to-six-feet-long reptiles, and released a warning on Instagram telling people, “please do not release pets into the wild!” Authorities didn’t say who might have left the snakes in the park, but assumed they didn’t get there on their own. The snakes aren’t venomous, and these particular pythons hadn’t grown big enough to potentially constrict a human.