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9-Foot Anaconda Snake Found After Escaping From Long Island Breeder

A 9-foot long anaconda snake is on the loose on Long Island.
A 9-foot long anaconda snake is on the loose on Long Island. Photo Credit: Southampton Police

Update:

A 9-foot long anaconda snake has been found after escaping from a local reptile breeder in Hampton Bays.

The owner of the reptile, named "Bertha," says the snake slithered out from under the dash of his van while he was driving, according to the Suffolk County SPCA. The van had been searched earlier, but the snake was tucked away under the dashboard.

Original report:

A 9-foot long anaconda snake is on the loose on Long Island.

The yellow-and-brown snake escaped from a local reptile breeder in Hampton Bays on Tuesday, July 16, Southampton Police said. The breeder is located near Bayview Avenue West.

The snake is not venomous, but will bite, police said.

The snake likes water (marshes, pools, ponds, etc.), according to police.

If the snake is located, do not approach it, police said. Instead, call 911 and keep eyes on the snake until first responders arrive, police noted.

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