Sunday, September 20, 2015

Escaped 8 foot boa constrictor still on the loose in Whitehaven

An 8-foot snake is apparently still on the loose in Whitehaven after slithering to freedom on Friday night from its' owners home in North Row, Kells.

The snake is a family pet and escaped having been left "momentarily unattended" while it was being cleaned.

Boa Constrictors are not poisonous, and are native to tropical Central and South America. They are excellent swimmers, but prefer dry land, living mostly in hollow logs and abandoned mammal burrows. So don't let unsupervised children go near rabbit holes or hollow logs anywhere near Kells until the snake is recovered.

A police spokesman said that

"The animal does not pose an immediate risk to the public. However if sighted, the advice is not to approach it it but to contact police immediately."

The number to call is 101.

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