After a year when the parade of unexpected nightmares only seems to get longer, “giant snakes in trees” is somewhere in the vicinity of “murder hornets” on the list of things we’d rather not have to deal with right now.

Yet, someone spotted a gigantic black snake curled in a tree in Frick Park. Not deep in the Amazon or in some darkened corner of the zoo, but in Frick Park, between Squirrel Hill and Regent Square.

Luckily, it doesn’t seem to be part of any new plague.

Pittsburgh Public Safety tweeted Thursday afternoon that reptile specialists helped Animal Care and Control identify it as a black rat snake. It is native to the area and is not venomous. The snakes can, however, grow up to 7 feet long.

For more on the snake, read the story in the Tribune-Review here.