Posted: Aug 5, 2011 2:00 PM by AP
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) - A man was driving near a park in his Washington state hometown when he noticed an object on the side of the road that he thought was a large tree root. It turned out to be a dead, 16-foot-long python.
Lino Silva of Sedro-Woolley says the snake apparently had been run over by a car.
He and his friend Nick Pfeifer hauled the roadkill snake to a relative's house, where they skinned it.
Pfeifer says he learned how to skin a python by watching the Discovery Channel. He says he plans to call a taxidermist so he can preserve the skin and use it to make a jacket or a vest.
The two men told the Skagit Valley Herald (http://bit.ly/rkUijC ) they think the python was somebody's pet that escaped or was released.
Sedro-Woolley is about 70 miles north of Seattle.