NYPD detective wrangles 8-foot python found perched on light fixture in Bronx building

An NYPD detective wrangled an 8-foot python found in the Bronx Friday.

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2020, 9:25 PM

Updated 1,527 days ago

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An NYPD detective wrangled an 8-foot python found in the Bronx Friday. 
Detective Jose Otero says the snake was perched on a light fixture at 1338 Fteley Ave. and was hissing and agitated when he approached it. 
He says he knew how to handle the boa constrictor due to his experience with his own pet snakes. 
He says he caught it and unwrapped its tail with a pole before putting the snake in a pillowcase to keep it protected during transportation to the ASPCA. 
"The snake was definitely agitated, it was moving around, you could tell it wanted to leap or take off. I was holding it firmly until I could calm it down a bit, let it settle in. I still had a good grip on the snake because that's how you handle these boa constrictors,” said Otero. 
He says he believes the snake was someone’s pet due to its size and condition. 
Otero says this was the fourth snake he’s wrangled just this year.


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