FULTON – A 7-foot-long boa constrictor was captured Wednesday morning near Lock and Dam 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release this morning
The snake, likely a pet, and one that may have been intentionally released, was spotted sunning itself on some rocks by the dam and photographed July 23 by Logan Foster of Fulton, the release said.
Fish and Wildlife staff, who had heard rumors of a snake in the Potter’s Marsh area of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, advised the Corps of Engineers staff to be on the lookout.
Mark Nettles, a Corps employee and, coincidentally, a snake buff, spotted the chilly, lethargic boa laying alongside the road near the dam as he was on his way to work, and loaded him into his truck bed.
After several calls, refuge staff found him a home with Don Decker, a snake rescuer and educator from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
It’s lucky he was captured – a boa would die a slow, painful death if exposed to Illinois’ harsh winter, the release said.