The Portland Police Bureau successfully responded to yet another high-profile animal-related incident this morning, capturing a three-foot snake downtown following an anonymous tip.

From the PPB:

This morning, Thursday [May 31], 2012, at 8:50 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of a found snake at Southwest 5th Avenue and Market Street. The caller reported that the snake was approximately 3 feet long, brown with tan markings and that the snake "looked scared."Officers responded and located the snake lying in the street. With the assistance of a passerby, officers got the snake into a plastic tub and transported it to Central Precinct where Animal Control took custody of the snake.It is not known how the snake got to Southwest 5th and Market or who owns the snake. It is not known what type of snake it is but is clearly not native to Downtown Portland.Anyone who knows the snake owner should contact Animal Control.

Some unanswered questions, beyond the obvious "how did this snake get downtown"?:

Why was this snake frightened? Did it nearly slip into those treacherous streetcar tracks? Or was it all the PSU students doing the walk of shame?

More importantly, how does one know when a snake, sans rattle, looks frightened?