5-Foot Python Found on Hillsborough Street

Police believe it was a pet released by owner. It was captured and given to animal control.

CENTRAL NJ -- Local found a 5-foot ball python, a non-venomous snake that is popular as a pet, in Hillsborough, NJ on Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to a 911 call at approximately 12:30 p.m. of a large snake on a sewer grate at the location. Detective Hank Olszyk, who is familiar with snakes, determined the species of the snake and that it was non-venomous.

The 5-foot snake was transported from the corner of Williamsburg Drive and Wexford Place to police headquarters in a paper bag. It was then picked up by local animal control.

Police believe the reptile, which is native to Africa, was likely released by an owner who no longer wanted it, as it is a common pet species.

Papa John's May 24, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Black bear last week. Python this week. We're voting for a lion next week. All joking aside, how big was this paper bag that they transported this snake in?! THANK YOU Hillsborough Police and Det. Olszyk!
Rusty Inman May 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Hilarious. Here in Columbia, S.C., we had a 19-foot rat snake crawl up in somebody's tree earlier this week. Nobody freaked out but the whole city has been following the story since it broke. The funny thing is that the snake got away before animal control could net it. Now nobody knows where it is and people in that neighborhood are just a little shaky. Man, a 19-foot rat snake. I didn't think I'd live to see a rat snake that big but, I did. Steroids?
Red Dolphin May 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM
my guess is it escaped not let loose intentionally,I use to own a pet shop here in Balto, theyd get loose allthe time,,,,,,,,,,,,, they are so mildly tempered, you can pick them up any time Hey any one form NJ remeber delivering to me on 36 thST. ?
carolinagurl May 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Why would your ball pythons get loose?? A pet store that doesn't have secure lids on the snake enclosures? Wow.
Theresa Jo Bovine-Kock May 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Somebody let this loose on purpose. Pet owners of all animals are irresponsible. Some of them I am saying not all. That is why I am an animal advicate on FB and a vegatarian. I love animals too much to eat them. It is a sad situation nation and world wide.
Michael Butcher May 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Yea I had a ball python and It was amazing how good he was at getting out and hiding. He was loose in my apt. for two months one time. I went through 3 enclosures before I found one he couldn't get out of! Great pets though.
Rick Schaefer May 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM
COMMON House PET , a 5 Foot Snake !! Not in New England. U gotta be kidding me !
petey o May 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
schools out kids dump the pets they had cats dogs pythons let em out somewhere let someone else deal with them they think home raised animals will be better off in the woods but the reality of it is they die miserble deaths if they lucky they die quick if not they just shrivel up till they cant fight the mice or birds off em they think i want them pets they dump when they become a problom i shot em better then them starving or getting hurt and crawlin around for weeks on stumps
BOB WOOD May 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Pet Pythons. Thats how we started in Florida, now they mutiplied into the 100 of thousands and growing.
Linda Pitt May 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I have a burmese python and my best friend has a ball python. both are masters of escape.. little houdini's they are. but for mine.... there aren't too many places for a nine foot banana to hide. he is albino... oh and to the person who asked how big the paper bag was to transport a five foot ball python.. they would fit in your average paper grocery bag. their first defense mechanism is to roll up into a tight ball. five feet would have made him slightly smaller than a basketball. and absolutely harmless.
Greenbabel May 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM
The largest rat snake ever recorded was nine feet. No way was that a rat snake if it was 19 feet. Only a few species get that big and, if was in a tree, it had to be a python or boa since anacondas don't climb like that.
Nan Radon May 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
What in the world makes people want a snake for a pet? You might as well adopt a fly or a worm. These are not people friendly creatures. Just because you can pick them up and they are not poisonous is nuts. They are ruining the everglades, growing huge and killing the native life there. They eat live animals. I wish they were outlawed.
chris May 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Kill Them All .......The best snake to see is a dead snake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rusty Inman May 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Hey, I'm with you. As I said, I never thought I'd see a rat snake that big. I'm just telling you what the state wildlife people down here said. But it was neither a python nor a boa, tho I still think it had to be a constrictor of some sort. Remember, tho, that it's an election year in South Carolina and, when we are in an election year, all the big snakes come out!
gracemarie May 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Really, Petey, did you ever go to school?
Barbara Deal May 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Its the wild, wild east!!!!!!!!
Felicia Luburich May 25, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Foreign species should NOT be allowed into a country, especially as a pet. Non native species ends up being a BIG problem. Even cats & goats can decimate wild species & cause extinctions. Anyone who does not understand this is a sad excuse for a so called rational being. YOUR right to do ANYTHING STOPS BEFORE it interferes with my rights & the good of the planet. You like snakes? Fine. Go to the zoo. If you can't keep your pet contained you should NOT have it.The importation & private ownig of foreign species should be outlawed. Carp now INFEST the upper mid west rivers & are so bony they are only good for Fertilizer. They have pushed out native edible fish. The examples are too numerous to list. The natural world is being decimated. Most people don't deserve to be alive on this wonderful planet. They OVERPOPULATE & treat the world in a way they would refuse to be used. WAKE UP !! Become responsible. Reaf " THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES" & be inspired to do good works.
Elizabeth Lindberg May 25, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Carnivores unite! Pass the barbacue sauce. You know animals eat animals too.
Red Dolphin May 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM
to carolina girl,,,,,,,,,,, some times customers will remove a clip from a screen top dont be so hard on people
Red Dolphin May 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM
tell that to Carolina girl,,she sounds like shes a phobia WOW!!!


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