James Geist has spotted pythons twice within days in his West Milford yard.
Geist was reading on his deck when he thought he saw a branch move on July 23. He soon realized it was a snake.
Police arrived with two snake handlers who told Geist the branch was a 15-foot albino python.
Four days later, Geist saw another snake. This time it was a 10-foot python.
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Um? What’s going on there?
Police suspect someone let the snakes loose in the neighborhood. That’s not really a satisfying answer. For our foreign readers, pythons are not native to the U.S. though they are establishing a population in Florida due to imports that have escaped. They are considered an invasive species.
Here is a longer story with more details. This story notes that these snakes are valuable, which makes me think they escaped rather than were freed. If they became too much for the owner, they could have been sold.