Can't find your pet snake? The McLeod County sheriff may know where it is


If you're missing your pet snake, contact the McLeod County Sheriff's Office.

The agency posted on Facebook Sunday saying deputies found the 8-foot snake in Buffalo Creek Park near Glencoe on Saturday, and if anyone is missing one they should contact them.

They've handed the snake over to an animal shelter. If no one steps up to claim the reptile within five days, it'll be put up for adoption, the post says.

The sheriff's office didn't identify the breed of snake, but the Star Tribune says its markings and size are similar to a python or boa constrictor.

Both are nonpoisonous snakes that use their bodies to squeeze their prey. Pythons, according to National Geographic, can grow to be up to 23 feet long and weigh 200 pounds. They're the common choice for reptile owners, but the publication notes they're often poorly cared for and released into the wild.

Boa constrictors are smaller than Pythons – reaching about 13 feet and weighing 60 pounds, the National Geographic says. They also have distinct markings, and the color of their body depends on the habitat they're trying to blend in to.

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