Swimmers Terrorized By Gigantic 'Monster' Serpent Found Lurking in Lake

There's something about lakes that has always spooked me out. Maybe it's because I grew up next to an ocean and -- with the exception of sharks (which you never saw) -- you had a pretty good idea what you could expect to find in the water. But lakes are still and mysterious. Anything could be hiding several feet below the water's surface, just waiting for you to take a chance and dive in.

And my darkest and most irrational lake fears were confirmed this weekend, when swimmers and boaters in New Jersey discovered they were sharing Lake Hopatcong with a 20-foot snake. Oh. My. Lord.

The giant boa constrictor has been spotted in the state's largest lake more than a dozen times in the last two weeks. And get this: one family says it actually got into their boathouse. Can you imagine? There you are, enjoying the warm summer day and kicking back with a cold glass of lemonade in your vacation house on the lake and, all of a sudden, a sea serpent so huge it belongs in a fairy tale saunters into your home from out of nowhere and continues to creep around the place.

What do you do? I mean, obviously, you call animal control officers, but I mean -- what do you do that very second? Jump on the couch as if you've seen a mouse? No, that wouldn't work because snakes can climb. Run out of the house and let the snake take over? Yep, that's EXACTLY what I'd do.

Animal control officers have confirmed that this massive beast exists and have advised residents not to put their babies in the water. Uhhh, NO PROBLEM, guys. Apparently, the thing can swim about 25 miles an hour. They believe the snake was once somebody's pet, but that it was abandoned when its owner realized it could no longer care for it.

Seriously, folks, if you're going to go and make a snake your pet, God bless you. But keep that thing in a cage for the rest of its days and please don't unleash it upon the rest of the world. And if you can't care for it, keep this one word in mind: zoo. I repeat, not a lake, not a street -- a ZOO.

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Although the boa constrictor is not venomous, it can squeeze an animal -- or human -- to death if it feels threatened. So, this goes without saying, if you plan on hanging out by this lake anytime soon and just so happen to stumble upon a 20-foot snake, don't try and be a hero and capture it. Just let it be.

What would you do if you found out a 20-foot snake was lurking in a lake by your home?


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nonmember avatar M.

While I will give credit for using the proper terminology (venomous instead of poisonous), there is no way a Boa constrictor is 20 feet long. The largest recorded Boa constrictor (which was Boa constrictor constrictor, there are 10 different sub-species that are currently recognized) was a 15-ish foot female caught in the jungle in the mid 70s. Without photos, I'm having a hard time believing it's actually a Boa, and not a python or even potentially an anaconda. Boas swim, but not very frequently and are fairly crappy hunters in the water. People wrongly size snakes all the time, even the ones who know them, and your brain makes them seem larger than they actually are. A good sized adult female Boa constrictor constrictor taken care of in captivity MIGHT reach 12 feet, and their temperament is mellow. It takes a lot to provoke them into attacking, and they don't view humans as a prey source. They hunt by site/smell, versus pythons that hunt with heat receptors. Good news for everyone afraid of it though, it'll die the first cold spell that comes through.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

^second the previous poster. 12' boa is rare and impressive. 6-8' is typical for a mature adult. 20' even for a reticulated python is nearly unheard of. Very very rare and takes multiple credible sources viewing and measuring to confirm. 20' boa is not possible.

lynked lynked

I'd catch it and hold it for animal control.  I've owned ball pythons and love the critters.  I abhore anyone who has one as a pet and then turns it loose when they can no longer handle it.  That's just stupid.  And no, I'm not a crazy young adult or teen.  I'm a 70-YO wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma.  I just happen to love snakes.

nonmember avatar Emma

I guess it could be possible for a snake to be that big. I would rather come in contact with that snake than a venomous one.

Snapp... SnappleQueen

What would I do? Poop my pants & then move. 

nonmember avatar Mamamills0711

I live on this lake and this supposed snake is making people freak! And then there's also a lot of people who believe the snake isn't really even creeping in the lake

nonmember avatar Tiffany Neuzil

I am not kidding if I saw that snake, any snake for that matter I would start crying and try to back away slowly into an open area and run to the nearest car and call my fiancé. I am absolutely terrified of snakes

Charl... Charlyla2

I'm with Snapplequeen. I'd need new Indies.

Kasey Denise Kellum

WHO CARES if it is a python or anaconda or a dang boa !!!!! Its a freakin 20ft snake ..... yall are seriously missed the piont here ...


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