CLOSED SNAKE: Surprised resident finds 10ft python on top of Mahwah Condo’s trash can
A Mahwah condo owner taking out the trash recently had a frightening fear: Above the trash can, police said, was a 10 foot long snake.
The living but lethargic python had a new head injury, they said. His eyes were red and bloody.
Police quickly found Derek McGuire, a former athletics star turned bodybuilder who lives in the complex.
McGuire, 36, owns and operates an online business called “D-Rassic Park”.
Flees from his basement, he breeds and sells pythons, according to a police report.
The entire episode was a sad and unfortunate situation, McGuire said on Friday. He clearly didn’t want to scare anyone.
“I had nine snakes that had a virus – there is nothing you can do about it,” he says.
“I’ve spoken to some of the biggest ranchers in the country. They said the least pain for the snake was to hit it on the head and crush the brain,” McGuire told the Daily Voice. “I didn’t do it right, and he’s not dead.”
Responding to a call from the surprised resident of Paddington Square, Mahwah Police Officers William Kantanas and Constable Darren Storms found the snake on top of a dumpster in a trash can.
Storms, who is the township’s humanitarian officer, used “a snare and an empty trash can to contain the snake,” Kantanas wrote in his report.
“While he was moving the animal, we were able to observe what appeared to be a fresh wound on the top of his head,” Kantanas wrote.
“There was blood on his head and his eyes were also red and bloody,” the officer added. “The snake was also lethargic, as the temperature outside was about 60 degrees.”
TYCO Animal Control has been summoned to retrieve the snake.
Officer TYCO “said the top of the head felt soft as if it had been hit with a blunt object,” Kantanas reported. “She also said that it appeared the animal was a reticulated python or a ball python.”
McGuire is a real achievement.
A native of Watertown, NY, he was a star in high school and once won three gold medals at the Empire State Games. It went on to become the first All-American and NCAA Championship qualifier for the shot put in University of Mississippi history.
A personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder, McGuire has also built his precious collection of snakes since moving to Paddington Square several years ago, according to NNY 360.
As of last year, the story says, “D-Rassic Park” had 30 full-sized snakes, with 10 more still growing, among many eggs.
McGuire is raising them in plastic bins in his basement. Some are featured on a YouTube channel called “Serpenotics Snakes,” notes Mahwah’s police report.
McGuire has received citations for abandoning a sick or disabled animal, failing to treat a living animal and inflicting unnecessary cruelty in the wake of the May 3 incident, the report says. No hearing date has been entered.
Storms also conducted a follow-up investigation with the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife and TYCO, the report said.
“Fish and Wildlife said this was the best place they had been,” McGuire said on Friday. “There is no smell, which is rare. Even Carol Tyler from TYCO said they knew we had no bad intentions. She said she knew we were just trying to do the right thing. better for our animal.
“I love my pets. I wasn’t trying anything wrong. I was just trying to do the best thing I could.
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