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Boa Constrictor remains on the loose in Chippewa Falls


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - There's still no sign of a missing snake in Chippewa Falls.

The7 foot long red-tailed boa constrictor similar to the one pictured was reported missing by its owner nearly a week ago. He told police he thinks it may have escaped through an open window of his apartment on west Spruce Street.

Since then, police have fielded a lot of calls from concerned citizens, but there have not been any snake sightings.

According to police the snake is not venomous and its owner says it has never shown aggression toward people or animals. Still, if you see it, police want you to stay back and call them.


Chippewa Falls (Press Release from CFPD) - On 07/16/13 at 3:44 p.m. Victor Pirik contacted the Chippewa County Dispatch Center to report he thought his snake had escaped out an open window at his residence of 342 Spruce St. #3. As of Friday afternoon, the snake has not yet been located.

Pirik describes his snake as a 7' Red Tailed Boa Constrictor. At its widest point the snake is 3" in diameter. It is a pale tan-ish brown in color with a red-ish area on the top near the back end of the snake. 

According to Pirik, he has owned this snake for 5 years and it has never shown any aggression towards a person or other animal. Pirik owns two pet rabbits and one small dog. The snake feeds on frozen rodents and has never been in the wild.

In an effort to keep the public informed about this incident and to learn more about Boa Constrictors, Lt. Matt Kelm of CFPD contacted Senior Investigator Keith Streff from the Animal Humane Center in Golden Valley, MN and learned that it can swim but prefers dry land. In its natural environment it prefers hollowed out logs or old mammal dens. Boa Constrictors are typically not aggressive and only intentionally kill what they can eat. They eat about every 45-60 days. They are nocturnal animals depending upon the temperature. They like day temps of 82-95 and night temps of 72-80. Colder than that they slow way down and will seek heat sources.

Streff further advised that this is a common pet from the varieties of snakes. If it is outside, because its cold blooded, it will probably be located on the east facing side of something that will keep heat like dark rocks or the like. Constrictors are not poisonous; they wrap around and squeeze their prey. They are a jungle animal which means that any environment that is not hot and warm, their metabolism will slow down. As a domestic snake, it most likely does not have developed predatory skills. His opinion was that if it was not found in the house, it is likely within a couple of blocks, tucked into a quiet place. On a scale of 1-10 for danger to the public, Streff rated it a 1-2. He also noted that this is not the same kind of Boa Constrictor that is terrorizing lower Florida's wildlife. Those snakes have interbred with local snakes and have been there now for generations.

If you see the snake, step back quietly, and leave it alone. Call the Chippewa County Dispatch Center at 715.723.4424 x7 and report where you last observed it. The Chippewa Falls Police Department has contacted nearby Humane Officers who will assist in its capture.  


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - There's a snake slithering somewhere in Chippewa Falls and it's not your average garden snake.

The snake is a red-tailed boa constrictor that looks similar to the one to the right. The missing snake is seven-feet long. It was reported missing by its owner Tuesday afternoon.

He told police dispatchers it possibly escaped through an open window at his apartment on west Spruce Street. He also said it is not venomous.

Even so Chippewa Falls police recommend you don't approach the snake should you encounter it. Call police and they will deal with it.

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