Swedish woman finds dead python on road

A dead python snake was found lying on the road in Gothenburg in western Sweden on Thursday, leaving experts baffled as to where it could have come from.

Swedish woman finds dead python on road

Kajsa Arnoldsson, 32, found the restful reptile in the middle of the road outside her parents’ house in Långedrag, a suburban area west of Gothenburg.

“I was both surprised and interested to find it there,” Arnoldsson told The Local.

“My mother on the other hand was really scared, fearing it could be a poisonous snake, like an adder or something.”

Arnoldsson swiftly uploaded a photo of the reptile to Facebook in order to seek help in identifying it. However, it was quickly determined that it was neither a grass snake nor an adder, which is the only venomous snake in Sweden.

“Someone on the forum said it was an exotic snake called Diamond Python,” said Arnoldsson.

The Diamond Python is a subspecies of carpet python (Morelia spilota) and is not a poisonous snake. Its natural habitat is south-eastern Australia.

Asked if anyone has contacted her about their missing pet-snake, Arnoldsson explained that so far no one knows where the snake came from.

“It’s just been left to its fate, for insects to eat it,” she said laughing.

Salomon Rogberg

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland