A snake the “size of a telephone pole” has been sighted along the Flint River in Southwest Georgia.
Two Egg TV spoke with an eyewitness who saw the snake in company with others at a boat landing just south of Ichawaynochaway Creek between Bainbridge and Newton. He said that at first he thought it was a log floating down the river and didn’t pay much attention to it but then a member of his fishing party said, “Look at that snake!”
He looked up and saw that the object was directly across from him and had started climbing up the opposite riverbank. “This thing had to be 20-feet long,” he said. “It had to be an anaconda or a python or something like that. It was like something you would see in a movie.”
He described it as being dark in color and said that it climbed up the high bank of the river and disappeared from sight.
Two Egg TV recorded the interview but is withholding it at the man’s request. “People think you are crazy if you say you saw something like that,” he told us.
Before you make your mind up about his sighting, however, you should know that at least one massive snake has actually been captured within one-mile of the location where he saw this one.
According to a report from WALB-TV, a 12-foot Burmese python was found living wild in Southwest Georgia in 2011.
That snake was turned over to the animal experts at Chehaw Park in Albany, Georgia. Burmese pythons rank among the five largest snakes in the world. They live near in water and some are even semi-aquatic. They also live in trees near water. The captured specimen was right at the average size of 12.1 feet but they have been known to grow to lengths of more than 18-feet!
There have been dozens of reports of other extremely large snakes in the Flint River from Albany down to Lake Seminole and in the Chattahoochee River from Columbia, Alabama, down to the lake. Experts say that the snakes are likely domestic pets that either escaped or were released by their owners. While some authorities have been quoted by the media as saying that North Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama are too cold during the winter for such snakes to survive, a growing number of others warn that such reptiles can adapt to their environment. For example, no one knows how long the captured one had been living in the wild.
In fact, recent studies by the U.S. Geological Survey suggest that Alabama, Georgia, North Florida, Missisippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas and even North Carolina, Arkansas and Oklahoma all have favorable climates for Burmese pythons to live. Boa constrictors and yellow anacondas can also thrive in many of these same states.
So the next time you think you see a log floating down the river, you might want to take a second look!
This map will show you the location of the new sighting: