There's a snake in the lake, and it's the kind that Hollywood makes movies about.

According to, a local reptile expert believes the big snake on the loose and spotted in Lake Hopatcong is actually an anaconda, and not a boa constrictor, as was originally reported on Monday.

Ronald Sissmann, who volunteers with the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife, believes that eyewitness encounter descriptions of the snake lead him to believe it is an anaconda, due to its color, size and tendency to take to the water.

Those who caught a glimpse of the snake say it's between 12 and 16 feet long, but even at that size, Sissman says the reptile would not be dangerous to a kayaker: however, it might be a hazard to small children and animals near the shore.