10-foot boa constrictor captured on road

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A 10-foot long boa constrictor slithering south on a busy road in the middle of the night was nabbed by authorities.

An animal control officer was called at 2 a.m. Thursday about a python in the road. When officer Bruce Dangerfield arrived, he realized it was a boa, not a python.

Dangerfield said the snake was likely a pet who got too big then was released into the wild by its owner. The officer will hold the snake for five days and if no one claims it, he will try to find it a home. As a last resort, the snake will be euthanized.

Boas are among the most popular snakes sold in pet stores.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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