Whenever you see a python in the States, there’s pretty much only one place you’ll find these invasive reptiles… Florida.
But Long Island, New York?
No shot, right?
According to the New York Post, a massive 14-foot python was located on the side of a road in Long Island.
Of course, considering wild pythons don’t exist in New York, it’s believed that the creature is an escaped pet that was more than likely illegally kept, according to authorities.
It was discovered on Valentine’s Day on the side of the road in Medford, says the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
DEC officers arrived to the scene to find the python curled up in a ball, and determined that the creature had passed away.
The DEC wrote in a Facebook post:
“Nothing to see here. Just your average, run-of-the-mill 14-foot reticulated python on the side of the road.”
Officers removed the reptile from the road to dispose of it, and have been doing everything they can to identify the owner of the python, considering it had been illegally kept.
It’s still uncertain how the creature died.
Pythons are native to southern Asia, however a number of Burmese Pythons have made a home in Florida’s Everglades. In fact, population estimates are somewhere between 30,000 and 300,000, however due to the dense wetlands environment, it’s difficult to know just how are actually hiding in there.
Southern Florida also poses less natural predators, allowing young snakes to have a much higher chance of survival than in their native habitats.
I have to admit, if I was driving through Long Island and saw a python slithering down the side of the road, I’d be fully convinced it was the end times.