Friday, 16 August 2013

7-Foot Boa Constrictor On the Loose

Thomas Cobb shows off several of his exotic reptiles that he keeps in a special basement room of his home in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Cobb has been ordered by police to get rid of all but one of his 29 exotic boa constrictor snakes because he doesn’t have an exotic pet permit. 

A 7-foot long boa constrictor that was sunning in its owner's backyard has slithered away and police are on alert for it. "Apparently, during the warmer weather, the owner lets the snake get some sun. … That's how the snake escaped," Police Chief Brian Craig of the Swarthmore, Pa., police said. The snake is easily recognizable because, at 7-feet long, it's a huge snake. Nevertheless, police describe the reptile as tan and brown.

Craig cautions against comparing the snake to the 15-foot python that strangled two children in Canada after it escaped from a reptile store in early August. "These are two entirely different types of snake," Craig explained. "This snake is only half the length of the python in Canada. It is not an aggressive species of snake." Craig stressed that the missing boa constrictor did not pose a danger to the surrounding Swarthmore community. 

"I'm not a snake expert, but the snake should not be a threat to people. If it gets hungry, then it could target primarily rodents, possibly small pets at most," he said. The snake disappeared and was reported missing, said Craig. 

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