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South Carolina Utility Crew Accidentally Runs Over Boa Constrictor

The snake was probably someone's pet that got loose.

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A utility crew in Greenville, SC accidentally ran over an 8 1/2 foot boa constrictor when they were bush hogging a sewer easement in the back of a subdivision. The driver of the mower thought he ran over a stump, but when he went to check it out, he realized that he ran over what was probably someone’s pet snake. The snake was estimated to weigh between 35-40 pounds and by the looks of the image, was seemingly in good health. 

Jeff Sutton, the water resources supervisor told WITN that he was glad nobody stepped on the snake. He called animal control, which took the snake away. Nobody has come forward to claim ownership of the reptile. 

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Boa constrictors are very popular in the reptile hobby and can easily attain lengths of 8 feet and more. They average 5-8 feet in length and can live more than 20 years in captivity. They are not for beginners in the hobby because they do get large and their care requirements are more involved than other popular snakes. 


John Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata