Sizeable snake rescued after slithering into storm drain in Nanuet
A giant snake was caught on camera slithering into a storm drain in Nanuet.
Bridget Moschetti, of New City, spotted the snake on Sunday, and said it was the circumference of her thigh.
"When I saw it going into the drain, I was like, that's somebody's pet going down the drain. I can't do anything because I don't have any snake-handling experience, Maybe by recording it, somebody will recognize it with experience and say they will pull it out of the drain or something" she says.
After posting the video to social media, it didn't take long for word to slither its way to John Tarrant, of Suffern, who used to own an exotic pet business.
"We thought...no one's gonna help this animal, so we jumped to it," he says.
After three long hours, he got the snake out of the drain.
"We did it, we were successful, and it felt good to be able to help the animal," says Tarrant.
The snake is a Colombian boa or red tail boa, and is now recovering at NJ Exotic Pets in Lodi, New Jersey.
NJ Exotic Pets staff estimate he's 6.5 feet long and weighs about 20 pounds.
"We are gonna clean him up, hopefully his owner will see this video and step up and give us a call and we can reunite him with his family. If not, we will keep him for a week or two and adopt him out to somebody else who will take care of him," says NJ Exotic Pets store manager Megan Petracca.