The Suffolk County SPCA is trying to find out who abandoned a 3-foot boa constrictor Wednesday in Mastic, the animal protection agency said.
Chief Roy Gross of the SPCA said the boa was found by Suffolk County police after an officer responded to a 911 call. The snake apparently was left in a glass fish tank at the intersection of Mastic Road and Roberts Street, Gross said.
Gross said the snake was lethargic and had an infection near its tail. The snake, which cannot survive in cold weather, was brought to an undisclosed sanctuary, Gross said.
Gross also said he's concerned about the recent abandonment of reptiles, including five alligators on Long Island in 10 days, three of them in Suffolk.
Gross said he's not sure whether the gators and the abandoned snake are connected, but the SPCA is investigating.
"What's alarming is that the alligator found Sunday was strong and healthy," Gross said. "It could have really done some damage to a child."
Gross also said the boa, which is nonvenomous, does bite and can constrict to kill prey.
"We just want parents and children to be aware," Gross said. "If people see something that looks like a reptile, call the authorities."
Anyone with information on the snake can call the SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will remain confidential.