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How stowaway reptiles make their way to Maine every year

A large black snake slithered out onto the Belfast Rail Trail on Oct. 10, startling people who were walking, jogging and biking along the popular path. Foreign to Maine, the 3-foot-long reptile was a black rat snake, and it likely arrived in the area as a stowaway. Each year, people report a handful of nonnative reptiles and amphibians spotted crawling and slithering through the Maine wilderness — from boa constrictors to tiny tropical lizards — said Derek Yorks, a biologist with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that specializes in reptiles and amphibians.

 

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