Large anaconda slithering around NJ lake

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A snake estimated to be around 15 feet long is now swimming in New Jersey's largest lake. (PIX11)

A snake estimated to be around 15 feet long is now swimming in New Jersey’s largest lake. (PIX11)

NEW JERSEY (PIX11) — Something big is slithering around Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey.

According to wildlife expert Gerald Andrejcak, it’s an anaconda. He saw it in the lake last week and estimated it is between 13 and 16 feet long. He believes someone who couldn’t care for it dumped it in the lake.

And while it’s the talk of Lake Hopatcong, Andrejcakj told PIX11 people do not need to be alarmed.

“These things are not man-eaters. They are not man-killers. They are not going to hunt human beings to satisfy their hunger. They want to be left alone. Just like we do,” Andrejcak said.

Boaters told PIX11 News they saw the humongous anaconda on Monday. (PIX11)

Boaters told PIX11 News they saw the humongous anaconda on Monday. (PIX11)

The lake was filled with boaters late Monday. Rosco Young and his friends said they saw it.

“It was humongous. I’ve never seen such a thing. So we just obviously took the boat away,” Young said.

Andrejcak said he would be back out at the lake later in the week with local animal control to try and catch the snake.