‘It could eat kittens’: Large red-tailed boa found in wooded area in NC

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INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — An exotic snake was found in Matthews and taken to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, according to WSOC.

Two biologists from Raleigh who were taking soil samples found a red-tailed boa in Matthews in a wooded area behind Red Lobster.

The biologists called animal control. Officials believe that the snake hadn’t been free for long, because it would not have survived.

“It wasn’t aggressive toward us, but like most wild animals, it was trying to get away,” said Officer Jeremy Schnabel of Matthews Animal Control. He took it to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, which said people should bring in snakes native to North Carolina instead of killing them.

Officials want black snakes or king snakes who like eggs, and will trade a dozen eggs as a reward. The boa wasn’t what they had in mind.

“We weren’t really expecting this big of a constrictor,” Jennifer Gordon with Carolina Water. “It’s a good thing that somebody found him.”

Gordon thinks it hasn’t missed many meals and has been feeding on animals like rabbits and maybe pets.

“It could eat kittens for sure,” Gordon said. “It’s definitely another reason to keep your cats inside.”

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