BOURBON, Missouri (KSDK) – Neighbors are on edge after two boa constrictors escaped from a home in Bourbon, Missouri.
“There’s no chance in hell you would get me under there even if I knew there wasn’t a snake under there,” said Chris Thoms.
Thoms watched from a safe distance as Brian North of the Riverside Wildlife Center crawled under a trailer that had seen better days. The trailer, owned by Randall Reams, was the home for two large boa constrictors until they escaped.
“Oh, I’m pretty annoyed. On a scale of one to 10, I’m about a 22,” said Thoms. “None of the neighbors even knew they had snakes, let alone that they had escaped. So that was pretty annoying.”
Both snakes are red tailed boa constrictors. The 10-foot female boa escaped three weeks ago, possibly from one of several open trailer windows.
The 9.5-foot male escaped Sunday night. The snakes are not venomous, said Lynn Fitzgerald, owner of Riverside Wildlife Center in Stanton, MO.
“It’s not anything that will make you sick, or kill you or anything. It’ll just be painful,” she said.
With crawl spaces underneath every trailer in the neighborhood and woods surrounding the trailer park, the snakes could be anywhere.
“If it hasn’t been fed, it might be on the search for some food,” said Fitzgerald.
Reluctant officers from the Crawford County Sheriff’s department searched the trailer. They immediately found two sizable snake skins, evidence the snakes spent some time loose in the trailer.
Their current whereabouts remain unknown. Trailer park manager Mary Crowney says Reams never told her the snakes had escaped.