FALL RIVER, Mass., Oct. 10 (UPI) — A local pet store owner used a homemade trap to catch a 5-foot boa constrictor that had moved into an apartment building in Fall River, Mass.
Robert Schenck, owner of Animal Instincts, said he will probably offer the snake a permanent home if no owner steps forward, the Boston Globe reported.
Neighbors say the boa constrictor may have belonged to a former tenant in the building. The landlord found an empty aquarium.
The snake was first spotted Sunday catching some sun on the roof. Two volunteers from the Animal Rescue League in Boston tried to capture it Wednesday night but it went into hiding.
On Thursday, however, the snake was tempted by a box filled with rabbit fur.
“It’s pretty amazing it went in,” Schenck said.
Schenck said the snake has an infection and is about 10 pounds overweight. He has it in his quarantine room.
“I’ll probably name it Cuddles because he already hooked onto my arm and squeezed like you wouldn’t believe,” Schenck said.
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