Escaped Boa Constrictor Slithers Through Virginia

Danville residents warned to keep pets indoors

By Kathy Banks
|  Friday, Jul 9, 2010  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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Escaped Boa Constrictor Slithers Through Virginia

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A boa constrictor is on the loose in Danville, Va., and residents are being advised to keep their pets indoors until the snake is found.

The 5-foot snake escaped Wednesday from its owner’s car, the Danville News reports.  Boa constrictors are not poisonous -- instead, they wrap their bodies around their prey and suffocate them. That means dogs and cats could be at risk. 
 
It probably wouldn’t hurt to keep an eye on small kids, either.
 
If you see the snake, call the Danville Police Department at (434) 799-5111 or (434) 799-6510.

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