JEFFERSON – The Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot and now the Lake Hopatcong Boa.
Reports of a boa constrictor in Lake Hopatcong over the past week have caused a fervor in the lake community though there has been no official confirmation nor have any photos been taken of the snake in the lake.
State Trooper Jeff Flynn confirmed police have received three reports of a snake near South New Jersey Avenue near the Main Lake Market and in Capp Cove.
"Each time troopers responded to the area to negative results," Flynn said. "There have been no official sightings."
One of the first known updates about the boa was a post from Byram Cove Party, now The BCP, on Facebook last Wednesday.
"Lake Hopatcong friends please beware of a very large reported 15+ft Boa Constrictor that has been seen by several neighbors, last seen swimming toward Halsey Island. Animal Control has been called," read the post.
The story appears to have taken on a life of its own and now the rumored boa has its own Twitter handle - @HopatcongBoa – with more than 100 followers.