A nearly 6-foot boa constrictor was found roaming a Charlotte yard Sunday and days later, its origin remains a mystery to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control.
The snake was found about 5 p.m. Sunday, in the 300 block of Winding Canyon Drive, northwest of uptown. A resident of the home called Animal Care & Control to report “a large Python” next to the air conditioner.
Animal Control officers captured the snake without incident and it is being held at the Animal Care & Control Exotics Room in Charlotte.
Free roaming boa constrictors remain a rarity among the animals captured by Animal Care & Control, officials said.
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“It is unknown who owns the snake, so it is considered a stray snake,” said a statement from Animal Care. “Due to the snake’s size, it is illegal to own in Mecklenburg County.”
Animal Care & Control is working to find placement for the snake with a reptile rescue.
Melissa Knicely of Animal Care & Control says one possibility is that the snake’s owner moved, and decided to leave the animal behind, making it a case of abandonment.
The Observer reported earlier this week that a 5-foot boa constrictor was found in a bed at an Asheville hotel on Monday. A housekeeper discovered the reptile, which had been left by a guest. It was later reclaimed by the owner.