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Massive boa constrictor captured by St. Lucie deputies

St Lucie Snake
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office

(ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL)– Deputies were called out to a trailer park near US-1 in response to a giant snake seen slithering through the area on Friday.

A boa constrictor measuring 10 feet in length and weighing around 65 pounds was wrangled by an agricultural deputy with assistance from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Photos indicate the snake is healthy and well fed which could mean it is an escaped pet.

Though the non-venomous snake is not native to Florida the species has gained a foothold in some counties since the 1970s.

The largest is at the Charles Deering Estate in southeast Miami-Dade County according to the University of Florida.

Boa constrictors are known to feed on rodents such as squirrels as well as native birds and even housecats.

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St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office