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4-foot-long boa constrictor found outside of Florida woman's home

By Daniel Uria
4-foot-long boa constrictor found outside of Florida woman's home
Sarasota police responded to remove a 4-foot-long boa constrictor from Florida woman's home early Friday morning. Sonya Clifton said her cats noticed the snake and attempted to call animal control, but turned to local police when she found the office was closed. Screen capture/SarasotaPD/Twitter

SARASOTA, Fla., March 18 (UPI) -- A Florida woman received an unexpected guest on Friday morning when she found a 4-foot-long boa constrictor outside her home.

Sarasota police department responded to the scene and shared video of the snake intruder to their Twitter account.

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"It's not every day that our Officers capture a 4-5 ft Boa Constrictor on the job," they wrote, accompanied by the hashtag Florida life.

Homeowner Sonya Clifton said her cats spotted the boa constrictor at around 5:30 a.m. and admitted that the snake gave her quite a scare once she went to investigate.

"I bent over and looked down, and you know I wasn't awake yet. And then I look down again and I'm like 'Oh my God, it's a snake,'" she told WFLA.

Unfortunately for Clifton the animal control office wouldn't be open for another three hours, so she called local police who sent officers to remove the snake.

Although not specifically trained to wrangle animals, officer Todd Tschetter used a pole he happened to have in his trunk to pick up the boa constrictor and move it away from Clifton's home.

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