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15-foot snake in Lake Hopatcong

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Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The lake is called Lake Hopatcong but some would call it Lake "Hopat-conda"! Recently, Tony Colantonio spotted a fifteen-foot snake, believed to be an anaconda.

According to Colantonio, the snake was actually harassing him while he was swimming but he was able to scramble out of the water with no harm done.

"It was straight across, right where the boat is but a little further back. And I just got out of the water and just took off like a bandit!" he said.

However, he wasn't the only one to come across a snake.  There have been several reported sightings.  Two reptile specialists were called in to try and catch the snake.

Serpent Specialist, Jerry Andrejcak claims he saw the snake while he was kayaking on his recon mission.

"It's head was flat but I mean you can kind of see that the thing was probably as big as my hand! So this tells you it was 14-16 foot," he said.

Lake Hoptacong is a bit rowdy in the summer with people partying on boats. But this actually keeps the snake in hiding.

In fact, evidence of shed snake skin shows that the snake recently crawled up into a pipe where it's been resting. However, it was getting dark and the lake was calm, so the search mission ended without any luck.

That won’t stop Andrejcak from completing his mission to catch the snake.

He discussed his capture plan:  "First you're going to grab a hold of him and he's going to come back, he's going to at least bite you and then start wrapping. You have to control that wrap and get to a place where you're in control, whether that's two feet of water or dry land," he explained.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has also placed traps in the lake. Spokesman Lawrence Ragonese says there haven't been any confirmed sightings to state officials.
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