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07-19-2014 09:31 PM

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A reptile expert said Friday that he wants to go “on the record” and confirm that New Jersey authorities are searching for an anaconda, not a boa constrictor in the state’s largest lake.

“I was sworn to keep my mouth shut by local officials to avoid causing a panic,” Gerald Andrejcak, the specialist, told NJ.com. “Now that there’s a panic, I’m going on the record.”

New Jersey reptile expert reportedly told to ‘keep mouth shut’ about anaconda on loose
He said when the snake was called a boa, it wasn’t exactly a lie, because the snakes are technically in the same family. However, anacondas, made famous by the 1997 Jennifer Lopez movie, can send chills through a community because their diet consists of deer and other large mammals. They also and have no natural predators.

Andrejack, who works for Common Sense for Animals, was searching Lake Hopatcong in Jefferson Township, which is in the northern part of the state. He told the paper that he determined it was a green anaconda last week after hearing reports about the snake’s behavior and where it was spotted.

He said he told a member of the Hopatcong animal control about his suspicions and was told to keep quiet.

On Tuesday, the official appeared to downplay reports on the snake, saying, “No officials have seen this snake, and you know how people exaggerate.”

The paper reached out to the official on Thursday and Friday, but he did not immediately respond.

Andrejack told the paper he positively identified the snake on Thursday as a 16-foot-long green anaconda, when he saw it by the lake. When animal care workers responded, it was gone, he said.

Anacondas can grow up to 29 feet in length, the report said. Their biggest threat is humans.

“If someone can kill it and get out of here, that’s fine,” Tony Colantonio, who rents a property on the lake, told the paper. “I want proof that it’s gone.”

Andrejack said he is frustrated by the lack of response from municipal officials, says he hopes he finds the snake before someone kills it.

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#1 posted 07-19-2014 09:52 PM

Great story Dan’um. When do we come over for Boa steaks?

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#2 posted 07-19-2014 10:09 PM

Well, at least if there is only one on the loose it can’t reproduce.

Q. What kind of birth control does this snake use?
A. An anacondom, of course.

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 10:12 PM

Snake hysteria. I don’t think there are any documented records of a constrictor causing harm in the United States. (except idiots that kept them as pets and did not monitor them near pets, children, or alcohol) There are pythons breeding in Florida because many got loose during a hurricane and are breeding. They are impacting local wildlife in south Florida. I doubt very seriously that one anaconda will ever be heard from again. And… 29’ is not the norm. That’s a big’un.

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#4 posted 07-19-2014 10:12 PM

If it is a Boa it must use some kind of Constrict-Her for birth control.

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#5 posted 07-19-2014 11:44 PM

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#6 posted 07-19-2014 11:53 PM

Man do I hate snakes

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 01:36 AM

Me too Monte. Hate them so much. Especially when they are falling out of trees right in front of you. Ugh.

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#8 posted 07-20-2014 11:57 PM

snakes are not my favorite thing to imagine either … but I wonder where the snake has been spending its winters … up some sewer pipe i suppose.

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#9 posted 07-21-2014 07:00 PM

Probably it was released this year. Wait a few more months and there won’t be any need to worry about the snake.

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