Chesapeake neighborhood worried about large snake

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — There’s a very large snake is on the loose in Chesapeake and residents of the Norfolk Heights neighborhood are a bit on edge.

Officer Ravi Sheth with the Chesapeake Police Department said a call came in Monday and again on Tuesday reporting a four to nine-foot-long snake on the loose in the 1600 block of Walnut Lane.

Residents said the blue and green snake was as big around as a softball.

Animal control officers went out Monday and Tuesday, but couldn’t find it. They’re still looking, but told 10 On Your Side the snake is not a threat to people.

Well, the neighbors disagree.

“I don’t like snakes,” four-year-old Nyheema told “Umm … it would eat me.”

Her grandmother, Jackie Arrington, agreed: ” It will. A snake that big could wrap around and squeeze her.”

Arrington is keeping an extra close eye on the girl now, just as Lewis Rouston is keeping close tabs on his toddler.

Rouston showed where the snake is likely hiding out in a slightly overgrown, rundown yard. An elderly widow lives there, and she can’t take care of it. All the neighbors are concerned for her safety, especially her friend Eunice Adams, who lives across the street.

“If it’s a snake, and I can kill it, I’m going to kill it,” she said. “I don’t care what kind of snake it is, a snake’s a snake.”

But Eunice, who is almost 90, has her own health concerns. She can’t run and worries she won’t be a match for a nine-foot-long snake. In fact, there are several widows on the block who could use some help.

“We’re gonna need a superhero!” Nyheema proclaimed.

But just in case one doesn’t show, Rouston said he and a few others are going to clear out the overgrown yard over the weekend.

“Everyone’s general consensus is do what we have to do to take care of the snake, get it out of the neighborhood, before it gets one of them,” he said.

Chesapeake Animal Control told originally the snake was believed to be someone’s pet, but now an investigation revealed it is wild, and not a threat. They will be back out this week to try to catch it.


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