Exotic Snake Spotted Again in NJ: Search On

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -

The on-again-off-again search for the furtive serpent resumed Tuesday after the python made an appearance in southern New Jersey again — this time photographed in a tree, eating a seagull.

The sighting of the exotic snake, which could be more than 12-feet long, has residents in Lower Township on edge.

Becky Clements, who took a picture of the snake, said she never thought she’d ever see a snake that big in the town.

“None of our neighbors have small children, but I won’t let my grandson play outside alone,” Clements said.

Animal control experts believe it is an abandoned pet. The sighting comes days after wildlife officials failed to find any evidence of an exotic snake reported in a lake in northern New Jersey.