UPDATE: Missing a snake? A big snake?

UPDATE Thursday 1:20 p.m. – Ingham County Animal Control officers tell 6 News that no one has come forward to claim the roaming boa constrictor. It is being cared for in a foster home until the owner is found and confirmed.

UPDATE: MASON, Mich (WLNS) –  It’s about as tall as Michael Jordan, weighs as much as a medium sized dog, and is typically found in North, South, or Central America. We’re talking about a Red-tailed Boa constrictor.

That’s what an Ingham County Animal Control officer found here in mid-Michigan Wednesday while responding to a call.

“I mean you see these things at like petting zoos,” Ingham County Animal Control Officer Sarah Schertel said.

It’s not every day you see a Red-Tailed Boa constrictor in Michigan. This seven-foot long, male boa was found near an industrial park in South Lansing.

He weighs just under 23 pounds, and is estimated to be about seven years old.

“He’s very strong,” Officer Schertel said.

The owners of the industrial park discovered it Wednesday.

Realizing it wasn’t a native snake to Michigan, they called Ingham County Animal Control.

“I think I was in just as much amazement as they were when they found it,” Schertel said.

Right now, animal control officials doesn’t know where the snake came from, or how long it’s been on the loose, but do say they believe it belongs to someone.

“It would be impossible for him probably not to be a pet,” Officer Schertel said. “At this point it’s hard to say based on his temperament whether or not he was a well-taken care of pet, or whether he was purchased as a juvenile and maybe just grew too large.”

Of course a tropical snake like this one, can’t live outside in weather conditions like we have here in mid-Michigan, so for now it will stay at a foster home until someone claims him.


MASON, Mich (WLNS) – Here’s something that doesn’t happen too often around mid-Michigan: a seven-foot boa constrictor shows up on the loose.

Ingham County Animal Control officers were called out to capture a runaway snake in a South Lansing industrial park Tuesday.

The male red-tail boa constrictor weighs about 23 pounds and is estimated to be between 4 and 7 years old.

And the answer to the question of how do you catch a 7-foot boa constrictor? Very carefully.


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