JEFFERSON – The boa constrictor rumored to be swimming in Lake Hopatcong is growing in reputation, gaining a mention on David Letterman's show, inspiring T-shirts, donuts and drinks, but remaining as camera shy as the Loch Ness monster.
"I can't believe nobody's taken a picture of this thing yet," Jefferson Mayor Russ Felter said. "Somebody's got to take a picture of the snake. I'm asking the public to help."
Felter said he's seen people who have said they saw the boa constrictor on social media, but the town or other officials have not fielded calls from them.
"If you see something, call us, then put it on Facebook. Call us right away. And take a picture or even a video if you can. That's the info we need," Felter said. "There are 5,000 boats on the lake Saturday and Sunday, somebody's got to see this thing."
The state Department of Environmental Protection and state police have been actively searching and setting up traps in the area where the snake has reportedly been seen.