16-foot snake on the loose in N.J. lake

Traps have been set amid reports of a large exotic snake that animal control officers and a private reptile expert have been hunting for in New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong.

Animal control officers placed traps in the lake in northwest New Jersey last week. State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese said there haven’t been any confirmed sightings of the snake, which is reportedly either a boa constrictor or anaconda.

The DEP search isn’t connected to the private search led by Gerald Andrejcak, who works for a local animal rescue.

Andrejcak said he saw a snake that he identified as an anaconda and estimated to be about 16 feet long. He cornered it last week before it escaped by slithering between his legs, he said.

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