When people think of giant snakes, they probably imagine the jungles of the Amazon. But sometimes, giant snakes can be found in residential neighborhoods. A young girl discovered shed skin from a boa constrictor that’s larger than she is.
Amelia Drewett, a 7-year-old girl, lives in the small town of Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. She was out for a walk with her grandfather when they discovered the skin.
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“I couldn’t believe my eyes when they brought it home,” Debra Drewett, the girl’s grandmother, told Southwest News Service. “It goes from almost floor to ceiling. They thought it was just plastic in the brambles under the bridge, but they took a closer look and it was this huge snakeskin.”
The skin measured 5-foot in length, but it is apparently incomplete. This means the actual snake could be larger. The family reached out to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to Yahoo News. The organization believes the skin belongs to a boa constrictor.
The Family is Unsure Where the Boa Constrictor May Have Gone
According to the Drewett family, they have no clue where the snake might have gone. The grandmother felt concerned that the snake might be in someone’s garden. Boa constrictors are non-venomous. But they kill their prey by wrapping around and constricting it.
“I was really worried and had the image of a huge snake slithering around someone’s garden,” Debra said, thinking about the snake’s whereabouts.
Colin Stevenson, head of education at Crocodiles of the World zoo in Oxfordshire, is more worried about the creature’s health.
“It’s not going to eat your cat. You wouldn’t want it to bite you, but it would only give you a nasty wound,” Stevenson told SWNS. “Most of these reptiles aren’t going to do too well in the wild in England. It’s certainly too cold for them to thrive unless they can find somewhere warm or protected.”
The Drewett family has reached out online in an attempt to track down the owner. But so far, no one has stepped forward as the snake’s owner, and the creature hasn’t been located.
“I can imagine somebody’s probably let it go, as a large snake is pretty hard to lose,” Debra said. “It’s not the first time we’ve heard or seen this happen, but we’re keeping our eye out to see if anyone’s lost it. If it’s scared it’s going to be worried, but we can’t imagine it’ll cause harm.”
[H/T: Fox News]