According to a press release issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on February 14th, Environmental Conservation Officers Kaufherr and Zullo received a report of a large snake, approximately 12 feet in length, on the side of the road in Medford, in the town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, on Long Island.
The Officers arrived and observed the reptile curled up in a ball. A closer look revealed it to be deceased. The ECOs removed the snake from the roadway to appropriately dispose of it. The reticulated python measured 14 feet in length.
It is illegal to keep these types of snakes as pets in New York and they may only be possessed by holders of a Dangerous Animal License. An investigation into the owner of the snake is ongoing.
Photo: ECO Kaufherr with deceased 14-foot reticulated python provided.
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