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8.5-foot boa constrictor captured in Florida

Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A Florida wildlife control specialist shared video from the capture of an 8.5-foot boa constrictor found slithering loose.

Scott Flavelle of Scott's Animal Services said he responded to a report of a large snake on the loose in Lehigh Acres and he arrived to find the animal was a red tailed boa constrictor, a non-venomous species native to South America.

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Flavelle said the snake was likely a pet that either escaped or was released by its owner. The 8.5-foot reptile weighed in at about 60 pounds.

He said the snake has now been taken to a new home at Adam's Animal Encounters in Bokeelia.

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