Walker catches boa constrictor

2012-07-24 14:58

Vienna - A man walking along a riverbank in the Austrian city of Salzburg came across and captured a 2.3m boa constrictor, an animal rescue group said on Tuesday.

"That was brave but we do not recommend imitating him because it is dangerous," Susanne Hemetsberger, head of the Austrian Animal Protection Association, said in a statement. Constrictors squeeze their prey to death before swallowing it.

Efforts to find the owner of the 7kg snake have been fruitless, and Hemetsberger said the incident last Friday was probably a case of an owner setting loose an exotic pet that had proved too much to handle.

The snake was in good condition and was staying at an animal shelter.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-24 15:16

    Boa constrictor is not dangerous , only to rabbits and rats , poor reporting. Idjits ...

      Jaco - 2012-07-24 15:35

      Poor reporting is the norm in South Africa.... how many times I've seen pictures with incorrect descriptions or quotes used out of context in SA media is stupid.....

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-07-24 15:33

    Walker Texas Ranger

      darron.sadie - 2012-07-24 16:55

      This snake is not dangerous it only squeezes rodents,rabbits.

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