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8-foot snake on the run in Jacksonville Beach

Columbian red tail boa constrictor
Columbian red tail boa constrictor
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Updated: 5/10/2013 6:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- An 8-foot Columbian red tail boa constrictor is on the loose in Jacksonville Beach.

Its owner says the pet slithered away five days ago from a home in the 700 block of 5th Avenue North, which is a few blocks west of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville Beach.

"Wow. It's a little frightening," says neighbor Sherman Watkins. "I do not like snakes," says neighbor Erica Stucki.

People who live on 5th Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach are keeping their eyes open, after hearing that an 8-foot long Columbian red tail boa constrictor is on the loose in their neighborhood. "It's pretty frightening. I have 2 kids. We're always outside playing so I hope it doesn't come around here," says Stucki.

Jacksonville Beach Police tell Action News, the owner of the boa constrictor reported his snake missing on Sunday. He told police his snake has been raised as a pet since birth. He also said that his pet was fed recently and he believes that it will stay in the immediate area around his home.

His confidence brought little comfort to neighbors like Sherman Watkins. "People shouldn't be keeping these big ones like that. They're dangerous to small pets if they do get loose," said Watkins.

Watkins tells Action News he's not scared to be outside, but will be more aware when he's around bushes in his yard. Erica Stucki says she's just going to avoid being outside altogether until the snake is found.

"I'll probably just keep my garage door closed and keep my kids inside," she says.

Call Jacksonville Beach Police at (904) 270-1661 if you see the snake.
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