A 9-foot snake that was loose on the East End has been found, Southampton Town police said Tuesday night, hours after they had issued an alert urging residents to be on the lookout for the reptile.
The yellow and brown Anaconda named Bertha, a constrictor, apparently escaped Tuesday morning from a reptile breeder in Hampton Bays near Bay Avenue West, police said. While it that has no poisonous venom, the snake can cause severe injuries by squeezing or biting.
“It’s a large 9-foot constrictor,” Sgt. James Cavanaugh said when the snake was first reported missing, adding that the reptile — which can weigh up to 120 pounds or more — seemed to have escaped while being transported. “Anacondas are the heaviest snakes known to man.”
An SPCA release said: "Bertha slithered out from under the dash while the owner was driving the van to an event. The owner felt tugging on the seat belt. When he looked down, there was Bertha. She was well-hidden even though the van was thoroughly searched."
In a news release, police had said, “The snake is not venomous, HOWEVER the snake Will bite,” adding, “The snake likes water [marshes, pools ponds ect.]. IF FOUND DO NOT APPROACH!”