Large ‘boa constrictor’ snake found on Sussex seafront

A 6ft ‘boa constrictor’ was found basking in the sun on a Sussex seafront on Monday (May 4).

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 10:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 12:04 pm

A member of the public raised the alarm after stumbling upon the large snake on Eastbourne promenade.

The local council said a member of its Environment First Team rescued the snake, described as around 5-6ft long, at Rustington Walk.

The reptile would have died quite quickly if it had not been found due to the temperature being too cold, a spokesperson for Eastbourne Borough Council said.

The 'boa constrictor' found by Colin Brewer

They thanked the member of the public for reporting it.

According to the council, the snake is now being looked after by a reptile specialist.

Sussex Police said officers were called at 12.18pm to reports of a large snake on Grand Parade. They said the snake was collected by the council around 12.45pm.

Boa constrictors are nonvenomous snakes which come from South America but are often kept in captivity.

A quick-thinking passerby put the snake in a bin bag

They can grow up to 13ft long and weight up to 27kg.

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