On a plane, you may have heard stories about snakes, but what about in your neighborhood?
With assistance from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a deputy in St. Lucie County, Florida, was able to bring down a large 10-foot-long, 75-pound boa constrictor in a neighborhood.
Mangrum claimed to be comfortable around snakes, but this was his first time taking out a boa.
He explained, “I was able to control the snake by gripping it behind its head. “I then removed it from its hiding place and partially took control of its body. Holding the snake bag on the scene was assistance from other deputies.The snake was discovered on the side of a modular trailer, between several bends in the actual trailer, prompting a 911 call to the deputies.
Mangrum claimed he was unaware of the snake’s size despite knowing it to be a sizable snake.
I spent my entire childhood with snakes because I was born and raised in South Florida. When I was a youngster, I used to have snakes too,” he added. I’ve never touched a snake this big before, and I’ve never handled a snake anywhere close to the size of this boa. Undoubtedly, it was a thrilling experience.When deputies like Mangrum receive a report of a snake in a crowded area, they will go to the scene and determine if the snake is a danger or a nuisance. It was a very huge non-native red tail boa in this instance.
“I informed the responding deputies that I was on my way to try to catch and identify the snake. I arrived on the scene and quickly dove into the problem after realizing what I was up against, he added.
In St. Lucie County, at Chandler’s Wild Life, the snake is currently being looked after.According to the FWC, the boa constrictor is a native of Central and South America, where it can occasionally grow to a length of 13 feet but is more frequently 8 feet long.
Call the FWC’s Exotic Species Reporting Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 to report non-native snakes (483-4681).
Additionally, the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program can assist in connecting people who own non-native pets but can no longer care for them with eligible, pre-approved adopters.
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