Boa constrictor on the loose in community near Sullivan

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SULLIVAN, MO (KTVI)-- One of two pet boa constrictors missing from an abandoned trailer outside Sullivan, MO was located Tuesday.  A St. Clair man said he had been given the male snake but he was not sure what happened to the female snake.

Neighbor Randi Crider thinks it may be in the woods near the Landers' Trailer Park.  She noticed three people searching near the trailer about midnight last night.  "I thought it was the cops, but it was him (Randall
Reames) and I guess some buddies searching for the female," Crider said.

Snake expert Bill Fitzgerald of Riverside Wildlife Center in Stanton described the boa constrictor as a non-venomous snake that won't attack if it is not provoked.

Neighbors said they were fearful the snake might attack a small child or pet and strangle it similar to the Canadian children who were strangled by a Burmese Python.  But Fitzgerald said that was unlikely.

"It's just two different animals, two different temperaments and really there should be no rational fear for these guys to hurt you," he noted.
The missing boa constrictors were described as nine to ten feet long.  Fitzgerald said they usually run 8 to 9 feet.
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