Small children warned to stay away from boa constrictor 'on loose in Lancashire'
The reptile was reported missing last night from an address in Skelmersdale
An 8ft boa constrictor is on the loose in Lancashire, police have said, as they warn that small children could be at risk of asphyxiation.
The snake was reported missing by its owner yesterday at 9.30pm from a property on Bearncroft in the town of Skelmersdale.
Police are now asking locals to keep an eye out for the non-venomous creature and to contact the authorities if they spot it.
Officers say they aren’t usually aggressive, but that the snake “could pose a risk to small children or pets by wrapping itself around them to seek warmth.”
Boas do not like noise and the snake is more than likely looking for somewhere to sleep.
Authorities are looking into the possibility that that it slithered down the toilet and is hiding in the drains, Sky News reports.
It could apparently pop out of one of the neighbour's drains, though council officials have so far undertaken a fruitless a search of them.
“While we do not believe the snake is aggressive or would attack anybody there is the potential for risk to small children or pets from the animal seeking warmth,” Inspector Mark Porter said.
“I would urge anyone who sees the snake to get in touch so that it can be recovered safely.”
If you spot the reptile call police on 101 and quote log number 1586 of 22 July.
- 2 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 3 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 4 Ryan Gosling posts tribute to 'Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal' creator Ryan McHenry
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Mysterious 'X-Files' sounds heard miles above the Earth
Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Met Gala 2015: Beyoncé manages to out-skimp Rihanna, Miley and Kim Kardashian combined with near-naked ensemble
General Election 2015: Photographic history of Bullingdon Club tracked down - including new picture of David Cameron in his finery
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
£13676.46 - £16411.61 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree Trainee Recruitment Cons...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Business and Marketing Gr...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Are you great at building rela...
£20000 - £22000 per annum + excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...