Boa Constrictor Found in Mastic


Boa Constrictor found in Mastic

We can now add boa constrictor to the list of reptiles crawling around Long Island.

The Suffolk County SPCA said the three-foot-long snake was found abandoned next to a broken fish tank Wednesday afternoon in Mastic.


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The boa constrictor, discovered at the intersection of Mastic Road and Roberts Road, was found alive but cannot survive the cold weather, said Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it’s unclear if the snake abandonment is related to the recent alligator finds in the past two weeks.

The latest gator sighting was Saturday when the three-foot-long reptile was found at 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of an Applebees on Montauk Highway in Shirley. That brought the number of alligators captured on LI to five in nine days, officials said.

The first was discovered in Mastic Beach on Sept. 28, two others were found crawling around a Baldwin supermarket parking lot, and another gator was spotted walking around a Wading River golf course.

“If you see a reptile, you should use extreme caution and not handle it,” Gross said.

The boa constrictor was taken to an undisclosed sanctuary, officials said.

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