Public Safety Blotter Articles

UPDATE: Pittsburgh Park Rangers, and Animal Care & Control, are actively searching for a Large Snake

Date: April 8, 2021
Incident Type: Animal
Location: Zone 4

UPDATE: The experts have spoken!

We thank the reptile specialists at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium for identifying the Frick Park snake as a Black Rat Snake.

While not commonly seen in the park, this harmless species of snake is native to the area and very beneficial to the environment.

We thank the public for their interest and for helping us identify this park visitor. 


UPDATE: Photo added below.

Pittsburgh Animal Care & Control was notified by a park user of a large snake spotted on a Frick Park trail. 

Animal Care & Control officers, along with Pittsburgh Park Rangers, are busy searching the area where the snake was possibly last seen. Zone 4 police officers are also on the lookout.

A witness stated the snake did not appear to be a native species.  It is not yet verified as to what type of snake it is. 

Public Safety is warning the public, if you come across a large snake you are not familiar with, stay way and immediately notify police. 

Reporting PIO:
Maurice Matthews