Cambridgeshire

St Neots jogger finds 7ft-long boa constrictor on run

Boa Constrictor Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption A man found the 7ft animal in bushes near a footpath

A man was on his morning jog when he stumbled across a 7ft (2.13m) boa constrictor in a brown pillow case.

He was running in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, when he spotted the non-poisonous snake in bushes and took it home before the RSPCA collected it.

Inspector Stephen Reeves said that it was healthy and suspected the owner "just no longer wanted him".

The charity wants to rehome the snake, which has been taken to South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

Mr Reeves added: "We believe people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are, and once they grow in size they can no longer cope."

The RSPCA has urged the owner of the snake, which was found on Wednesday, 29 November, to come forward.


Factfile: Boa constrictor

  • Boa constrictors are non-venomous and are typically found in Central and South America
  • Can grow to up to 13ft long (3.96m) and weigh more than 100lbs (45.5kg)
  • Suffocate victims by wrapping body around them before they suffocates

Source: National Geographic


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