Speculation grows over reported anaconda snake in Lake Hopatcong

Rumors have been flying about a possible anaconda snake in Lake Hopatcong, but only a handful of people are reported to have seen it.

Rumors have been flying about a possible anaconda

Rumors have been flying about a possible anaconda snake in Lake Hopatcong, but only a handful of people are reported to have seen it. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

LAKE HOPATCONG - Rumors have been flying about a possible anaconda snake in Lake Hopatcong, but only a handful of people are reported to have seen it.

Wildlife officials have set out traps all over the lake, but haven't caught anything so far.  The DEP sent in experts to search, but there were no signs of the massive reptile.

"I heard the captain of the Miss Lotta had seen it out by the point right around where we're standing," Dave Watts told News 12 New Jersey.

"There's no pictures of it, and there's no physical evidence, so I don't really know," Watts says. "I mean, I believe that it's here." 

The threat of an anaconda is making some boaters and swimmers squeamish.

"We come here about every year," says Eunsook Kong. "This is our first time this summer to go on the boat and go swimming and have fun... I don't want to go in the water."

Linda Tedesco worked the anaconda pit at the carnival when she was a teenager and doesn't believe the hype. "I dealt with them and I know what they're like," she says. "If it's an anaconda, as cold as it has been, they would've gotten it." 
 
Hopatcong police issued a statement denying the rumors of an anaconda.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A bacterial infection known as leptospirosis is affecting 1 Bacterial infection affecting dogs in New Jersey
One of those accused is Eric Seaberg, who 2 5 accused of stealing Superstorm Sandy relief funds
A scuffle broke out following the hearing of 3 Scuffle breaks out following hearing of 2 accused in Paterson murder
Some Newark residents came together Saturday to cleanup 4 Newark residents help cleanup blight
Hundreds were on hand to honor an FDNY 5 Family, friends say final goodbye to fallen FDNY EMT

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

In this photo taken on Sunday, July 20, Search on for 16-foot 'anaconda' in NJ lake

Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's

A reptile expert believes the big snake on Expert: Snake on the loose could be anaconda

Reptile experts believe the big snake on the loose in the Hopatcong area is actually

Police have received several reports of snake sightings Boa constrictor on the loose

Police are urging residents living in the area of Jefferson Township to be on the

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE