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Boa constrictor found starving, underweight in Massachusetts

August 18, 2016

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police and experts are still trying to figure out how a six-foot long boa constrictor ended up slithering around a Massachusetts town.

A reptile expert says the snake caught Saturday in Dartmouth was grossly underweight, starving and possibly suffering from a respiratory issue.

The Standard Times (http://bit.ly/2bAFjGt ) reports that New England Reptile and Raptor Exhibits owner Marla Isaac took the snake after it stayed for three days at an animal shelter. She says she’s been trying to feed it.

Isaac says it could take a month to assess the male snake’s condition. Depending on its health, it could become part of Isaac’s exhibit.

The snake was first spotted hiding in a stone wall.

Animal control officers say the snake was probably a pet but no one has stepped forward to claim it.


Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com

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