Massive snake sighted near holiday lake

2014-07-22 13:47


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In a scene that could open the film "Snakes on a Jet Ski", New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 6m-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Tales of the giant snake brought the state department of environmental protection to the fresh water lake in northern New Jersey, the state's largest at 10km2 but the mystery has only deepened, DEP spokesperson Bob Considine said on Monday.

"One person says it's a boa constrictor, another says it's an anaconda", Considine said. "We don't have any confirmation of this snake at all."

While a pet owner with a permit is allowed to keep a boa constrictor in New Jersey, anacondas are prohibited, Considine said.

Initial reports of the creature surfaced more than a week ago when a resident of the lake popular with motor boat enthusiasts and jet skiers said he saw the snake under a dock at his boathouse.

Local animal control has been asked to report "any legitimate" sightings of the snake, which so far have amounted to zero, Considine said.

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