This is the nightmarish moment a huge boa constrictor was seen crawling along a telephone line as horrified resident watched nervously from below.
A large, but non-poisonous snake native to South America, the boa was making its bid for freedom above a sleepy residential street on the island of Anglesey, North Wales.
According to police, the snake escaped its tank and managed to slither out of a window, before making its way along the nearest telephone wire.
1. The boa constrictor — a species of large, non-poisonous snake native to South America — was seen making its bid for freedom above a quiet residential street in Anglesey, North Wales.
The skin-crawling escape was captured on camera by Sergeant Rob Taylor, from North Wales Police’s rural crime unit, who explained that the snake made it across the wire to the opposite house. It was captured when it began to crawl down the drainpipe.
The images were taken in a village on the small island in July of last year, but were just recently tweeted to remind snake owners to keep their tanks secure as the weather heats up.
And it seems as though this bold boa constrictor is not the only serpent trying to make its way to freedom — police report that another snake had managed to escape from its tank in nearby Prestatyn.
2. The snake was spotted slithering along a 20-foot high telephone line as worried residents watched on from below. Police say the serpent escaped its tank and climbed out of an upstairs window.
Sgt. Taylor said:
The vast majority of people who own reptiles keep them in secure tanks — but for those who don’t this is a timely reminder to do so.
According to Wikipedia, the boa constrictor “is a member of the family Boidae found in North, Central, and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean”.
They can live for between 20 and 30 years and can reach up to 13 ft in length and weigh up to 60 lbs.
3. It was caught on camera by Sergeant Rob Taylor, from North Wales Police, who said the snake got across the wire to the opposite house and was halfway down the drainpipe before it was captured.
Similarly to their relatives, the anacondas, boas are excellent swimmers but prefer to keep to dry land. In the wild they live in hollow logs and mammals’ burrows.
The boa’s jaws are lined with small hooked teeth, to enable the grabbing and holding of prey, while the snake wraps its muscular body around the victim, squeezing it until it suffocates.
The boa constrictor of Anglesey, North Wales, which has not been named, was captured and returned safely to its owner, who was advised to keep it secure.
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