Fishermen find 16-foot snake in frozen river

(Cleveland, Ohio) -- Two fishermen found something unexpected when they went fishing in the Chagrin River.

Sam Lincoln posted the photos on Instagram with the caption:

"When you're trying to swing up some holiday steel and you don't catch any fish but you catch a 16 foot constrictor instead."

Lincoln said he and another guy were "fishing a run and looked up and saw it wrapped around a log, half frozen in the water. " They said it took them awhile to get it free and pull it onto the bank.

Despite a snake being used to warmer conditions and the frost being lethal to them, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec told Fox 8 it's not the first time he's come across a dead constrictor.

"Over the years, I've had two incidents where I've personally seen constrictors dead along our rivers this time of year. One was a 7-foot animal snagged by a fisherman; the other one, I found myself just along the side of the river. That was about a four to five foot boa," said Durkalec.

He says this may happen when someone decides to get the snake as a pet, but then releases it into the wild when it gets too big.

Durkalec recommends finding an animal rescue shelter to take it in.

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5 comments

  • Todd

    That isn’t a boa constrictor, it is a Burmese Python. Finding homes for 7-9 foot common boa constrictors is relatively easy, finding homes for Burmese Pythons, African Rock Pythons, Green Anacondas and Reticulated Pythons that can easily reach twice that size…… not so much and as a result too many simply release them in the cold months where they know they won’t survive. It is pretty sad. The first snake I ever rescued was a Florida Kingsnake that a co-worker’s friend owned but deemed too aggressive (highly stressed due to it’s environent). The co-worker told me “If you don’t take it, he is just going to throw it in a dumpster tank and all.” This would have been in the middle of February when the temps were in the teens. Pretty sad. Once I got her settled into a proper tank with the proper hiding spaces and such she became one of my favorite snakes who I would take to shows I used to do for young schoolkids.

  • Anna

    just kill the stupid snake ! we dont need anything that big in the rivers or anywhere around for that matter.. whats wrong with people .. these are highly dangerous snakes.!!! you better hope the all die , before it becomes like FLORIDA

    • Todd

      Kill the snake? Apparently you missed the part about the snake being frozen…. it was already dead. Never mind the fact that the the problem they have in Florida is one that could never happen in Ohio due to the climate. The reason they are thriving in Florida is because it is very similar to their native habitat. And while people releasing them in Florida are certainly not helping the situation, it was actually Hurricane Andrew that did a lot of the release when it destroyed not only the homes of those who were personal keepers but also that of a python breeding facility near the Everglades.