Game and Fish still searching for slithery serpent from Shirley

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) is still on the hunt for a pet Columbia red-tail boa constrictor that went missing from its owner’s Van Buren County home last week. The snake is approximately 11 feet long and was last seen just before dark Wednesday on Banner Mountain Road near Shirley.

The owner of the snake and AGFC personnel are searching for the reptile. According to AGFC herpetologist Kelly Irwin, the snake does not pose a threat to people.

“Based on information provided by the snake’s owner, it is used to being around people and is not aggressive, but it needs to be left alone,” Irwin said.

Boa constrictors, which are large, heavy-bodied, nonvenomous snakes, kill prey by squeezing. They are found in the wild in Central and South America.

If you see the slithery serpent, you leave it alone and should call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at its toll-free number: (800) 482-9262.

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