ABC6 A Cape May County woman snapped a photo earlier this week of a giant snake snacking on a seagull. The sight is not only freaking out local families – it’s also worrying animal control because the snake is still on the loose. Becky Clements saw the snake not once, but twice! She saw it eating the seagull in her backyard and, yesterday, she saw it trying to get a little black snake. “I screamed and ran to get my husband, and [the snake] was gone,” Becky said. Her husband, a retired Army special ops soldier, knows a thing or two about getting snakes. “We’ve torn our shed apart trying to find this thing,” she said. Many people in the area think the snake is hiding out in a construction area in the Villas section of Lower Township. It’s the talk of the town. “Everybody knows about it,” said neighbor Cindy Harger. “It went from 2 feet to 4 feet and now it’s 10 feet,” said landscaper Chris Fox. “I just heard there was a snake down there about 12 feet long,” said Mike Douglas. Police were up and down the streets, looking for the slippery reptile. “I don’t know how fast the snake can go. Probably not as fast as I can run!” said Cindy Harger. Animal control officers are warning residents to keep an eye on small pets and children in the area. If you see the snake, call Animal Control right away.
What is going on in the great state of New Jersey this summer? First a 14-foot boa constrictor was spotted swimming in Lake Hopatcong, then a scientist said that they misidentified that snake, and it was actually a 16-foot anaconda. Now another large snake has been spotted, this time in Cape May, which was photographed in a tree eating a seagull. Keep in mind, this is what happened in Florida, so many pythons were let go by their owners that they established a breeding population which has gotten so out of control that humans have no chance of ever containing and stopping the snakes. They have pythons in Florida now, for good, and they are doing a ton of damage by eating the native wildlife. This will not happen in New Jersey, once the first frost hits in September or October it will kill these snakes, which likely were either let go by owners who could not care for them or escaped from their owners. I wonder if some crazy snake owner lost his mind, and released these snakes in random areas of New Jersey, but it is much more likely that these are two totally seperate incidents. Whatever happened that allowed these snakes to roam wild in The Garden State, watch your children and pets in Cape May and Lake Hopatcong, they could easily become supper like the seagull in that photo.