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Giant Boa Constrictors Show Up In Birmingham
By AON Staff
Posted Tuesday March 27 2018, 2:03 PM
The Snake That Ate Birmingham Not In Theatres

Reports of a big snake terrorizing a south Birmingham neighborhood might seem like they were straight from some low-budget B movie, but the reports turned out to be true.

The 6-foot snake was already dead by the time Birmingham Police located it, but in an interesting twist, the snake was disposed of, and it reappeared the next day.

Police received a call about 3 p.m. on March 4 that a big snake was spotted at the 700 block of 41st Street North. The snake was not located at that time. Police received other calls and eventually located the snake about 6:15 p.m. in the 800 block of 41 Street, which is near the Kingston and Avondale neighborhoods. The snake was dead at that point, and police disposed of it on a vacant lot.

Police got a call the following day that the snake had returned. Apparently, a neighborhood dog had gone into the woods and drug it back into public view.

The snake was identified as a red-tail boa constrictor by officials at DCNR and the Birmingham Zoo. The snake was apparently someone’s pet that had escaped or was turned loose and was enjoying the unusually warm weather.

The Snake That Ate Birmingham—The Sequel

A second red-tail boa, this one an 8-footer, was found in a Birmingham suburb days after the first one was killed in Birmingham. This one was located on Majestic Road in Morris, a town north of Birmingham.

A man said he found the snake alive on the side of the road, but when he returned to check on it, it was dead. The man said he did not know what caused the snake’s death, and it appeared it had not been hit by a car.

DCNR issued a warning last month that unseasonably warm weather was likely to bring snakes out, and the public should be aware.
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