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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — A red-tailed boa constrictor is shown in this 2018 file photo.

An 11-foot-long Colombian red-tailed boa constrictor has escaped from a home in Van Buren County where its owner kept it as a pet, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said.

The agency said in a statement that the snake's owner alerted officials on Thursday that the snake got loose and was last seen shortly before dark on Wednesday on Banner Mountain Road near Shirley. A search in the area is ongoing.

“Based on information provided by the snake’s owner, it is used to being around people and is not aggressive, but it needs to be left alone,” Game and Fish herpetologist Kelly Irwin said.

Boa constrictors are nonvenomous and kill their prey by squeezing, the statement said.

Anyone who spots the loose snake is asked to call (800) 482-9262.


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  • Thought
    July 18, 2019 at 4:36 p.m.

    If it crosses my path, it dies. My motto: the only good snake is a dead snake....sorry....

  • Napigleon1
    July 18, 2019 at 4:42 p.m.

    people should not be allowed to own those. They're now a major menace in Florida. Need to be outlawed.

  • JIMBOB47
    July 18, 2019 at 4:54 p.m.

    Something that size will make 'freezer' storage for the winter for someone - it is Van Buren county, after all.

  • Waitjustaminute
    July 18, 2019 at 5:23 p.m.

    Basic IQ test. If you think it's cool to own a boa, or a python, or a lion, or a tiger, or a pit bull, or a rottweiler - you flunked.

  • LR1955
    July 18, 2019 at 5:31 p.m.

    Hmmm, good meal for a black bear or pack of coyotes.

    If everybody killed every snake, we’d be over run with mice & rats. Besides it’s against AR State law to kill a snake.

  • Seitan
    July 18, 2019 at 5:44 p.m.

    I will be happy to leave it alone.

  • Seitan
    July 18, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.

    Here is the code. It leaves a pretty big word against the dead snake's. And is a boa constrictor considered "native" to Arkansas? That would surprise me.

    From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission:

    All native snakes, including venomous snakes, are protected by law and are illegal to kill unless they ‘pose reasonable threat or endangerment to persons or property’ on your private property...

  • GeneralMac
    July 18, 2019 at 7:50 p.m.

    WAIT .....5:23......

    BINGO !

  • obbie
    July 19, 2019 at 3:04 a.m.

    Zoos, research facilities, should be exceptions to total prohibitions of non-native species of any kinds of animals.

  • stevenking
    July 19, 2019 at 1:31 p.m.

    Waitjustaminute, your comment about owning those animals is just ridiculous. Tigers and Lions granted should not be pets. But owning a boa constrictor or a python is perfectly fine. Owning a pit bull or a Rottweiler is totally fine. As long as the owner is raising it to be just a pet. I owned a pit for 14 years until she passed from a stroke. She never was aggressive towards people. Don’t believe what you see on the news or read in the media. Doing that is flunking a basic IQ test.