14-foot python found dead on side of the road in Suffolk County

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Friday, March 3, 2023
14-foot python found on Long Island
Environmental conservation police officers found the dead python on the side of the road in Medford.

MEDFORD, Long Island (WABC) -- You may have seen this reptile behind glass windows at your local zoo, or maybe you've seen them in a National Geographic series - but what if you saw a 14-foot snake right in front of you?

That's exactly what happened on Feb. 14, when environmental conservation officers received a report of a large snake on the side of the road in Medford, Long Island.

Upon arrival, officers Kaufherr and Zullo discovered the python curled up in a ball, and after a closer look, they realized it was dead.

Under New York State Environmental Conservation Law, it is illegal to keep these types of snakes as pets unless you have a Dangerous Animal License.

The snake's owner is currently being investigated on this matter.

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