Skip to comments.Woman sees 'huge snake' in Suffolk lake[Virginia]
Posted on 10/15/2013 9:09:22 AM PDT by Theoria
Tracey Payntar says she spotted a huge snake in the lake next to her Suffolk house as it was attacking a river otter.
The mother of four says she had just gotten out of her car and the disturbance in the water got her attention.
"I ran to the shoreline freaking out and tried to take some video with my phone. I was so scared I could not concentrate very well," said Payntar.
Payntar and her husband contacted Suffolk Animal Control who referred a snake expert from a company called Zoo Pro.
Based on her description, the professional wildlife workers worried someone let their pet anaconda escape.
"I wanted to warn others that use Sleepy Lake that there might be a very dangerous snake on the loose," added Payntar.
An official with the Virginia Game And Inland Fisheries Department was cautious and told 13News Now that he is suspicious until object is verified.
Payntar's response- "I know what I saw."
Calling Salamander, help!
Let it loose in D.C.
‘Nessie’ is that you girl?”
Right. I’ll wager it would go directly to Pelosi and Harry Reid.
Though, We better call Al Gore, .Gov put out a map some time ago showing potential growth of escaped pythons in different states due to 'warmer' weather.
Actually, she was watching her TV and the Obamadork was on screen.
Good idea. Release it into its natural habitat.
Obama out for an early swim
you sure about that?
But as in past such events, looks can be deceiving...
Ron Jeremy bathes....
Release it into its natural habitat.
Where it will blend in well with other ravenous non-indigenous species that also migrated into the DC area and established well provisioned habitats.
I didn’t know Carville could swim.
Kartographer ~ What for? To mate?
Nahhhh, even serpents have standards...
had there been video posted...of the “event” it would make determination a BIT easier....
Looks like a tree limb in the water to me.
I’d put my money on the river otter.
Has Gore completed a Manbearpig chart yet?
Both charts include Suffolk, VA.
You never know what you might see when you live next to “The Great Dismal Swamp”.
Soon as it gets cold, it’ll die.
We snake keepers spend our lives making sure our animals have a constant temp of high 80s/low 90s, otherwise they’ll quickly succumb to respiratory diseases and other ailments.
An Anaconda won’t live long past the first frost, if it even makes until then.
They should all just calm down.
That “map” is utterly ludicrous.
There’s a really good reason the Burms in southern Florida have not “spread”.
To do so would mean swift death.
There have never even been any incidences of Central American boas crossing the US border.
It’s too cold here.
We were told by “Agency Scientists” like National Park Service’s Panther Program Persons” that the “endangered Florida Panther” (common puma, according to its DNA) only existed south of Lake Okeechobee and huge amounts of land were taken for “critical habitat” mandated by the Endangered Species Act.
Those Agency Scientists knew their pampered ‘panthers’ were spreading across the state, but only when one died literally playing in traffic on Interstate 95 a bit south of St. Augustine did they even admit there might be ‘dispersing” “Endangered Florida Panthers”.
Like all CommiePerson, ParcPersons refuse to accept reality and practice “Agency Uber Alles to the exclusion of any facts which do not fit their agency agenda.
Tropical organisms can survive if they find a warm regugium for the winter. Caves work well, and snakes are quite talented at finding such refugia when their survival depends on it.
Consider now many homes have crawl spaces or other places which are kept above freezing.
“Above freezing” is not enough for Boidae.
They’re designed to do so.
Boidae never hibernate in cold weather.
They just get sick and die.
When too cold, their digestive and immune systems shut down rather than the snakes simply going into a state of “suspended animation”.
I have fought severe respiratory infections in several snakes merely because the breeder failed to include adequate heat pads during overnight shipping, they’re that sensitive.
When Python Hunters was on TV, the guys found that most of the Burms they encountered were suffering from RIs, mouth rot and scale rot, all autoimmune illnesses provoked by inadequate warmth.
Algore’s projected Killer Snake Invasion is simply never going to happen.
Their potential range is self-limited by their physiology.
It’s more likely that global warming will cause 80 degree winters in Maine.
Then the Boidae would have a chance....:)
I remember the jacked up crap about the “panthers”.
Somebody just wanted that land zoned off.
Running like girls!
Racers are so gutsy.
Thank you, I was waiting on someone to post that shot ;)
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