How was your Valentine's Day? Did you go out for a nice dinner? Surprise your love with a dozen roses and some chocolates? It's likely that greeting cards were exchanged but how many of you can say you encountered a 14 foot python here in New York?

This is where the guys reading this article start making personal jokes like 'is that a python in your pocket or are you just happy to see me'. I am actually talking about a real python spotted on a New York roadway, and this guy is huge.

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On Tuesday February 14th, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), officers received reports of a large snake on the side of the road in the town of Medford, NY. If people are calling authorities this thing must be huge right? Initial reports were estimating 12 feet in length.

Officers arrived on the scene and found the snake curled up in a ball. Sadly, this reptile was deceased by the time they located the animal. Upon further inspection it was determined that this was a 14 foot reticulated python.

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According to Zoo Atlanta, reticulated python are one of the largest snakes in the world with documented measurements up to 20 feet in length. The largest one ever documented came in over 28 feet and 300 pounds. A snake the size of the one found in New York could devour a deer all by itself.

It is against the law to keep this type of pet in New York. It is likely that someone had this as a pet and released it into the wild and it did not survive.

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

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