Huge boa constrictor is on the loose near Sydney after its shed skin is found on a construction site – and if you see it, you MUST stay away
- The huge 2.5metre serpent went missing last Wednesday in Silverdale, NSW
- The reptile’s freshly-shed skin was hanging from wooden planks at a property
- The NSW Government warned residents to not approach the deadly animal
The search is on for a huge boa constrictor on the loose near Sydney after a huge snake’s skin was found at a construction site.
The 2.5metre serpent went missing last Wednesday in the Cascades area of Silverdale, west of Sydney.
The snake’s freshly-shed skin was found hanging from wooden planks at a property on Torumba Circuit.
The reptile’s fresh shed skin was found hanging from wooden planks at a property on Torumba Circuit
The NSW Government warned residents to not approach the deadly animal, which strangles its prey.
- Considered to be one of the world’s largest snake species
- Is non-venomous and has an arrow-shaped head
- Ranges widely with tan, green, red and yellow colouration combinations
- Distinctive patterns on the body, of jagged lines, ovals, diamonds and circles
- Reach sexual maturity around 3 to 4 years of age and can live up to 30 years
Source: NSW Government
‘NSW Government is in the process of trying to locate and capture the animal and is requesting that residents be on the lookout for it and to report any sightings,’ their alert read.
Boa constrictors are not allowed to be kept as pets in New South Wales and they are considered to be a serious threat to humans and wildlife.
An image of the snake’sskin was posted to the Australian Snake Catchers Facebook page.
The professional reptile catchers also echoed the government’s warning to not approach the reptile and to report any sightings immediately.
‘Any sightings of the snake should be swiftly reported,’ they wrote.
‘We have been out to the property and conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area.
‘DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE THIS SNAKE.’
The boa constrictor is prohibited in NSW, is considered to be a serious threat to humans and wildlife (stock)