Python up to 16 feet long sighted near Independence Mall in Kingston

A python that could be 10 to 16 feet long was seen slithering around the cranberry bogs in Kingston.

A resident spotted the yellow snake in the wetlands by Independence Mall on Monday. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife responded to investigate, said Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs spokeswoman Amy Mahler.

Based on the description from the person who sighted the snake, it may be a Burmese python, legal to own in Massachusetts, or a reticulated python, illegal in the state, Mahler said.

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“We’re assuming its someone’s pet,” said Dave Desrochers, a spokesman for the nearby Independence Mall. “It either escaped from a cage or someone didn’t want to take care of it anymore.” Desrochers said the witness estimated its length at 10 to 16 feet.

Desrochers wanted it to be clear that the python never entered the mall.

Mall security and animal control are on alert in case the python is spotted, Desrochers said.

The python is presumably hiding in the wooded area to keep warm, Desrochers said.

“For all we know it could be long gone,” he said.

If there are any sightings of the python, contact Jason Zimmer at 508-759-3406.