Germany: Police detain man hiding python in his pants

The 19-year-old man was in a drunken argument with police

A baby tiger python peers out of its egg in Debrecen, some 220 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. The tiger pythons, native to Southeast Asia reproduce once a year from softshell, 10 cms in diameter eggs and it takes about 65 days for the small reptiles to be born at a temperature of 31 centigrades. (AP Photo/MTI, Tibor Olah)

BERLIN (AP) — A young man detained by police during a drunken argument in Germany was found to be carrying a baby python in his pants, and may be in trouble under animal welfare laws.

Police in the southwestern city of Darmstadt said the 19-year-old was detained on Tuesday night after a loud argument with another man disturbed residents. They said he was searched and officers noticed “a significant bulge in his trousers.”

The man told officers that he had a snake in his pants, and pulled out a 35-centimeter (14-inch) baby king python.

He was taken to a police cell to sober up, and the snake put in a box. Police said Wednesday they were looking for the reptile’s owner and examining whether “the non-species-appropriate transport” violated animal protection laws.