Mower runs over 9-foot boa constrictor in Plaquemines Parish
PLAQUEMINES PARISH – A 9-foot boa constrictor was accidentally killed on the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and learned that the 9-foot reptile was accidentally killed after it was run over by a grass cutting crew's lawn mower.
Scientists with the Aududon Nature Institute in New Orleans identified the snake's species. According to the Institute, boa constrictors are non-venomous snakes native to Central and South America. They can grow up to be 12 feet in length and usually eat small mammals including rats and mice.
Authorities are not sure how the snake got into the area, but believe it may have been someone's escaped pet or was released to the wild illegally.
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