Bury St Edmunds: 3ft long snake, thought to be boa constrictor, spotted on footpath

A snake, thought to be a boa constrictor, has been seen on a path in Bury St Edmunds A snake, thought to be a boa constrictor, has been seen on a path in Bury St Edmunds

Sunday, November 3, 2013
7:15 PM

A 3ft snake, thought to be a boa constrictor, has been seen on the streets of Suffolk, according to police.

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The brown reptile was spotted slithering along by a woman in Sextons Meadows, Bury St Edmunds, at around 9.40am today.

It was described to police as “brown in colour, about three foot long and two inches wide”.

Suffolk police tweeted: “A 3ft snake, possibly a boa constrictor, was seen on a footpath in Sextons Meadows, #BuryStEdmunds this morning.

“If you see it call 101.”

The species are commonly found in tropical forests in South America and can grow up to 9ft in length.

3 comments

  • I really think it is time to stop the import of so called "exotic" animals. Snakes (as well as other reptiles, amphibians and arachnids) from the tropics do not fare well in temperate climates and irresponsible owners either fail to look after their "pets" or they deliberately release them into the wild after getting bored with them or decide they can no longer afford to feed them. This disposal has a massive impact on the domestic and local fauna and flora. Only registered zoos, educational and research units should be allowed to care for such creatures. A snake is a wild animal and cannot be a pet.

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    Steve Blake

    Sunday, November 3, 2013

  • Has somebody confused Guy Fawkes Night with April 1st?

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    SuffolkBoy1956

    Monday, November 4, 2013

  • I agree with Mr Blakes comment, alternatively these potentially dangerous 'pets' should be registered and micro chipped tagged etc. therefore owners cannot just leave them somewhere.

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    Heather

    Monday, November 4, 2013

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