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The huge 6 foot boa constrictor was discovered coughing up blood on the B5062 near Roden, Shropshire after reportedly being hit by a car. Another snake was also found nearby, sparking fears the road may be used as a dumping ground for exotic pets.
Residents in the area were understandably left spooked by the discovery with many expressing concern about letting their children venture outdoors.
Taking to social media, one local wrote: “Is it just me or is this freaking anybody else out?
“I don’t want live 6ft snakes slithering around the village.”
Another added: “This is literally the stuff of my nightmares.
Snake (Image: SWNS)
Boa constrictor (Image: SWNS)
“My skin is crawling just thinking about it.”
A third person said: “I’m concerned for my kids and dog. These animals can attack.”
Boas are thought to “eat almost anything” they find in the wild including birds and wild pigs.
The animal charity, the RSPCA said they were contacted after the snake was spotted with a broken jaw by two drivers on Friday September 17.
Snake at the incident (Image: SWNS)
RSPCA inspector Claire Davey attended the scene, with the snake being transported to a vet but sadly died.
Ms Davey said: “Normally when we get a call like this we find the snake has been misidentified and it’s actually a small native species, so we were very surprised when we arrived and saw a six-foot boa constrictor on the road.
“It’s very sad that this beautiful creature’s life ended like this.
“Sadly we think this snake was probably abandoned as it’s a very isolated location and there are no houses around for at least a mile.
Boa constrictor (Image: SWNS)
“The discovery of the body of another snake close by also leads us to believe that someone has deliberately left them.”
The inspector said these incidents “are not unusual.”
“We receive hundreds of calls every year relating to reptiles, and some of these have either escaped or may have been abandoned by their owners.
“Sadly snakes and lizards often end up in our care as some owners don’t realise the commitment that is involved in meeting their needs.”
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The inspector added boa constrictors could grow up to 13-feet long and reach an age of 20, “‘which is why we always urge people to do their research before taking on any exotic animal as a pet.”
The sighting follows 10ft pythons being discovered last month up a tree in Cambridgeshire.
It was reported firefighters chopped down branches of a tree to reach the python and transported the snake away.
The other snake was noticed a few days afterwards crossing a country lane.