7ft Snake Found in New York Storm Drain Rescued in 3-Hour Operation

A snake measuring almost 7ft was rescued from a storm drain in New York on Sunday after a local resident spotted it and uploaded a video of it onto a community Facebook page.

Bridget Moschetti told Patch that she was leaving Party City with balloons for her sister's birthday when she took a back road to avoid traffic. That's when she spotted the snake slithering into a storm drain in Nanuet, Clarkstown.

She videoed the animal as it descended into the drain and posted the clip to the Clarkstown community Facebook page.

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"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," she told News 12. "Maybe by recording it, somebody will recognize it with experience and say they will pull it out of the drain or something."

Moschetti also reached out to several organizations hoping they could rescue the snake, including New York State's department of conservation, and animal control. She also contacted a local pet store.

The video was spotted by the owners of Outragehisss Pets, a company that specialized in live animal presentations until the pressures of the COVID pandemic forced it to close.

Elizabeth Tarrant and John Tarrant were at a family barbecue when they saw the video. As John Tarrant is an experienced snake handler they went in person to investigate the situation using the information in the video.

After seeing the snake's plight on location, they went to a local hardware store to pick up supplies they would need for a rescue operation, including duct tape and several narrow PVC pipes.

"At the next section, [the drain] divided into three different pipes—if he had gone any further we couldn't have found him," Elizabeth Tarrant told Patch. "He would have gotten a respiratory infection. It would have been a slow death for the poor guy."

The rescue was completed by 8 p.m. EDT and neither John Tarrant nor Elizabeth Tarrant were bitten, even though the boa put up a fight, she told Patch. The rescue too three hours, according to News 12. The conclusion of the mission and the moment the snake was pulled from the storm drain was caught on video and also uploaded to Facebook.

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The Tarrants identified the snake as a large male boa, which was likely abandoned by the owner when they could no longer cope with the reptile. Elizabeth told Patch: "I can't imagine he 'just got out.' He was clearly very well taken care of—up until the point where he ended up in the storm drain."

The snake was cleaned up and sent to a pet store in New Jersey, News 12 reported. The owner of NJ Exotic Pets in Lodi, New Jersey, will examine the snake, give it recuperation time and then look for new owners who have experience looking after reptiles like this.

NJ Exotic Pets told News 12 the snake was estimated to be 6.5 feet long and weighed around 20 pounds.

Columbian Boa
A stock image of a Columbian boa. A boa was rescued from a Clarkstown storm drain on Sunday evening. Lunatic_67/Getty