Large snake on Crookston's north end wasn't reported until two days after it was first seen, Biermaier says.

    Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier Tuesday afternoon provided the following updates on the report of a large snake on the loose on Crookston’s north end:


    • The CPD received the initial report on Friday, April 22, two days after the person who saw the snake actually saw it, so it was no longer in the area of the 1600 block of Radisson Road when officers checked after receiving the report.


    • Based on interviews since with the reporting party, the CPD believes the snake is 5 to 6 feet long but is not a boa or python. It looks similar to a hog-nose snake and is completely black or very dark brown. It was moving very slowly, as a cold-blooded animal would do this time of year when it’s chilly outside. The snake could be so lethargic in the cold that a person could pick it up without any problems.


    • The DNR’s Area Wildlife Supervisor in Crookston reports that hog-nose snakes are virtually non-existent in this area, and that the snake could be someone’s pet that got loose or was set free.


    • The CPD has not yet received a report of a missing snake, or any other reported sightings of a large snake in town.


    • Even though it’s against city ordinance to possess “any poisonous, venomous, constricting or inherently dangerous member of the reptile or amphibian families including rattlesnakes, boa constrictors, pit vipers, crocodiles and alligators,” the CPD would still like to know if anyone is aware of someone owning a larger snake in the Crookston area, so the CPD can speak with them as part of the investigation. Whomever owns or owned the snake certainly knows it better than anyone else, Biermaier said.


    • Check your property. If you locate the snake, contact the CPD at 281-3111.