A video of an enormous black snake slithering across a New York City subway platform caused quite the stir on social media this weekend – a rare sighting in a city more accustomed to rats and roaches rather than reptiles.
The several-foot-long snake slowly slid its way across an unidentified above-ground Brooklyn subway stop on Sunday.
The bizarre encounter was uploaded to Twitter by a train operator, who wrote: ‘Thought I have seen it all but this can’t be real.’
In the footage, a man can be seen casually standing close by to the reptile, likely waiting for an in-coming train. It’s unclear if he’s aware of the creature weaving just feet behind him.
It remains unknown how the snake ended up on the platform, even perplexing the MTA who tweeted ‘This is a new one for us’ on Sunday night.
MTA said it’s investigating the video and urged all passengers that ‘If you ssseee sssomething, sssay sssomething.’
‘If you see a snake or any other suspicious reptiles, please immediately contact an MTA employee,’ the transit authority more seriously continued.
Reports online suggest that the snake appeared to be a non-venomous black Eastern Rat Snake, which can grow up to seven feet in length, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
Their natural habitat typically extends from Connecticut to South Carolina and as far west as Kansas and Oklahoma, the federation said.
Luckily, the Eastern Rat Snake are largely harmless to humans, preferring to feed on rodents, frogs and eggs, rather than oblivious commuters.
One viewer of the video jested that New York ‘might’ve found a solution to the whole rat problem. City could save some money on pesticides (that rarely work).’
Another viewer, New York City Councilman Justin Brannan mused: ‘Snake moves faster than the R train.’
So far, neither the NYPD nor MTA has received any other reports on a snake sighting on a platform in the last few days.
There have been previous instances of subway riders taking their pet pythons on subway trips, but this is the first sighting of a snake that appeared to be unaccompanied by an owner.
The snake spotted this weekend may have dethroned Pizza Rat as the Big Apple’s most infamous commuter.
Pizza Rat achieved viral fame after it was spotted dragging a Cheese slice along the 6 train subway line at Lexington Avenue-59th Street back in 2018.
Considering the snake’s namesake, it may be advisable for Pizza Rat to abdicate its throne voluntarily.