BENNINGTON, Vt. - A Red Tail Boa Constrictor snake has returned home after being lost on the streets of Bennington, Vermont for nearly six weeks.
The boa constrictor, named "Boaz," is seven-feet-long and all muscle, and was slithering around Bennington until two days ago when a local reptile lover took it in.
Boaz escaped from a homemade outdoor enclosure at its owner's home about six weeks ago when the owner was transferred to a job in South Carolina.
Luckily for the snake, Paul Restino came across Boaz wandering loose on Elm Street this week and handed it over to his son Nick Restino, who owns several reptiles.
"We were worried if someone found him they would
kill him," Paul Restino said. "So, thankfully Nick wasn't scared."
Nick Restino has been caring for Boaz since Tuesday, and was able to track down the snake's owner after a story about the loose snake was published in the local paper. The snake returned to its owner's family in Bennington on Thursday.
Residents say there was some concern for other animals in the neighborhood after the recent story of two Canadian boys who were asphyxiated by a python that escaped a pet shop in their apartment building.
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