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James Geist Finds Pythons In West Milford, N.J. Backyard

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A New Jersey man found two pythons -- 10 and 15 feet long -- in his backyard in the last few days.
A New Jersey man found two pythons -- 10 and 15 feet long -- in his backyard in the last few days.

WEST MILFORD, N.J. -- Summer vacation has been anything but routine for a New York City social studies teacher who lives in northern New Jersey.

James Geist has spotted pythons twice within days in his West Milford yard.

Geist was reading on his deck when he thought he saw a branch move on July 23. He soon realized it was a snake.

Police arrived with two snake handlers who told Geist the branch was a 15-foot albino python.

Geist tells The Record newspaper the snake was huge, thick and docile.

Four days later, Geist saw another snake. This time it was a 10-foot python.

Animal control believes the tropical snakes were released by someone who had moved from the neighborhood.

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