HAMPTON BAYS, NY — A 9-foot anaconda was found Tuesday hours after ‘escaping’ in Suffolk County, officials said Tuesday.
Bertha was reported missing from Bay Avenue West in Hampton Bays early in the morning, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.
The green snake apparently slithered out from under the dash while the owner while driving the van to an event, officials said. Though the van was searched thoroughly, she was not found until hours later; Bertha was well hidden under the dash.
People were advised not to approach the snake or attempt to capture it. While the anaconda is not venomous, it may bite if frightened and is a constrictor.
The SPCA also advised residents not to leave unattended small pets outdoors.
“IF FOUND DO NOT APPROACH! Call 911 immediately,” police said. “KEEP EYES ON THE SNAKE UNTIL FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVE.”