10-foot long pet snake named Squeezer goes missing and might be hungry

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SEBASTIAN, Fla. — A woman is searching for her pet snake, a 10-foot red-tailed Columbian boa named Squeezer.

Betty Skel posted an ad on Craigslist and contacted WPTV. She says her pet snake has been missing since Aug. 18.

The snake was last seen at the Sebastian woman’s home on Roseland Road in Sebastian.

Some neighbors said that they had no idea a snake was on the loose.

“There’s a lot of place it could hide around here,” says neighbor Ed Casto.

Skel says Squeezer eats every two weeks and its last meal was a rabbit-sized rat. She warns dog and cat owners in her neighborhood to watch out. The snake may come out of hiding and look for something to eat.

Skel describes her pet as a lap dog. She said she’s heartbroken over his disappearance. She believes the snake may have slipped out a door.

That’s why one neighbor shut his garage door.

“I probably will keep it closed just to be on the safe side,” says Casto who lives a few doors down.

Skel is offering a reward. She’s asking people not to hurt the snake and to call her or the Sebastian Police Department if they see Squeezer..

Dr. Jeffrey Slade, a local veterinarian who specializes in reptiles, says most likely the snake is close to its home. It’s not the kind that travels very far.