Too many snakes to catch them all

September 22nd, 2009 by

DURANT – A giant snake is on the loose in eastern Hillsborough County, but wildlife officials say they are not going after it.

They say so many people have dumped pet snakes, they don’t have the resources to go after them all.

Carol St. Pierre discovered the 10-foot boa constrictor next her to home in Durant.

“We’re seen snakes out here, but that was the biggest one I have ever seen,” she said. “I think it’s in the woods across the street,” St. Pierre said.

Even though it has been a while since she saw the snake, she says she is still shaken up. News reports about potentially dangerous Burmese pythons showing up in the Tampa Bay area have made her feel even more uncomfortable about her close encounter with the scaly beast.

St. Pierre was walking across her yard, and thought she saw a pile of dirt. Then it hit her. The pile of dirt was alive, reptilian, and very big. As she ran into to her house the snake began slithering away. But before it disappeared into the dense underbrush, she snapped half a dozen photos of it.

After seeing the pictures, wildlife officials say it is a common boa, a pet that escaped, or was dumped.

Officials say they are usually not a threat to people, but pets can be another story.

“The main staple of their diet is small mammals,” said Breanne Stripina with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “So any small mammals would be venerable, that would include small pets like dogs and cats.”

Even though boas generally don’t look for trouble, just knowing that the snake might come back gives St. Pierre the willies. Her husbandsays he isn’t even fazed at all.

“If you don’t go playing around with them, they usually leave you alone,” he said.

If you have a snake , or other exotic pet you don’t want any more, you can hand it over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission during one of its amnesty days — no questions asked.

They are held at different locations around the state several times a year.

2 Responses

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