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Boa constrictor on the loose in Delafield?

City of Delafield – Is there a snake in the grass in your neighborhood?
No, not a politician or shyster lawyer, but a 4-foot-long boa constrictor. While it’s uncertain whether the snake slithered out of its owner’s car July 12 off Hillside Road on its own, or whether it was stolen, one thing is sure: it’s missing.
The female snake was in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala parked near Game Stop, 2740 Hillside Road, at about 12:20 p.m. Sam Ruzga, 17, of Nashotah, was inside Game Stop with a friend, and when he went back to the car, the snake was gone. Ruzga told police that he left all four windows partially open, enough that someone could have reached inside and unlocked the car, the police report said. Ruzga said he had done this before, and the snake had never left the car, the report said.
Ruzga, his friend and employees of the store looked for the snake but could not find it, the report said. Ruzga then called his mother, who in turn called police shortly before 2 p.m.
Police searched the area but to no avail. They then did a 911 reverse call to advise residents in an area bordering Highway 83, Concord Lane, Bunker Hill Road and York Town Court that a snake might be on the loose. Neighbors were asked to call police if they spot the snake.
The 21/2-year-old snake is described as being 31/2- to 4-feet long, black, with grayish/brown spots and a red tail, the report said.
Female boa constrictors can reach up to 10 feet long and 60 pounds. The snakes are typically nocturnal and may climb trees or shrubs to forage and some may bite when threatened. The diet of boa constrictors consist of mammals and birds.
 

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