LEWISTON, Idaho -

Police departments get calls about proverbial snakes in the grass all the time. But officers in Lewiston recently responded to such a call to find it was literally a 6-foot-long python was loitering in someone's backyard.
    
Police Captain Roger Lanier told the Lewiston Tribune (http://bit.ly/161PJqN ) that Thomas Watts called police Tuesday to report the intruder in a garden behind his apartment complex. Lanier said officers were able to wrangle the reptile into two recycle bins, which they zip-tied together before bringing the snake to Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman.
    
College spokesman Charlie Powell says the snake is a female red-tailed python and is likely someone's pet because it's used to being handled. Lanier says no one has come forward to claim the snake yet.