If you happen to live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in Ontario, you might want to watch where you step.
A seven-foot boa constrictor is on the loose. Repeat: a human-sized snake could be stalking your neighbourhood. Naturally, people are freaking terrified. It’s still unclear exactly how the serpent managed to break out of its owner’s home (we’re guessing it just used its massive size to muscle its way out), but the local Humane Society has already sent officers out to search for it.
Some brave residents are chipping in to help as well.
“We’re out here trying to see if there’s a python out here,” said 12-year-old Jake Visser.
His friend, seven-year-old Kingsley Yuke, is joining him. Only he brought a hockey stick with him–just in case things get real.
While boa constrictors are not venomous, they can still be dangerous. They generally hunt for small mammals like mice or lizards and subdue their prey by constricting them. Oh, they also tend to ambush their targets, so we were serious when we said to watch where you step.
While it is legal to own a boa constrictor in Kitchener, Ont., any snakes measuring more than two metres in size must be registered with the Humane Society. And Kathy Innocente, the Humane Society’s director of operations, says there’s no indication that this pet was ever registered, although they still haven’t heard back from the owner.
If you do happen to see the boa constrictor slithering around, you are asked not to touch it. Simply call the Humane Society at 519-745-5615 during business hours, or 1-877-289-9317 outside those hours.
For more information about the missing snake, check out the video above.
And remember: be careful out there.