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9ft Boa Constrictor Found Dumped In Welsh Country Park (PICTURES)

14/01/2014 12:56 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT

Shocked walkers stumbled across a nine-foot-long boat constrictor during a ramble in the Welsh countryside on Saturday.

Sadly the female snake, spotted stretched out to her full length on a path in Erddig Park, Wrexham, was dead.

Pictures of the reptile were circulated online, alerting zoologist Chris Wright.

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The dead snake was found stretched out to its full length in Erddig Park, Wrexham

He said: “On Saturday night I had a phone call saying a large snake had been found and I saw the pictures on Twitter.

“Now usually when people talk about a big snake they just mean a large grass snake but this is a 9ft long boa constrictor.”

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Kevin Harvey found the snake as he walked with his neighbour David Evans.

He said: “It was incredibly long. It was easily as thick as my leg, and so, so, heavy.

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The 9ft-long snake was female

“We were so surprised to stumble across it and we poked it with a stick to see if it was still alive."

Wright has since buried the snake, which he believes died as a result of the cold.

He added: “The snake was a female and an absolute beauty. I have no indication of age but she was quite well fed.

“It is such a shame. She had either escaped or more than likely had been cruelly dumped by someone.

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It is believed the otherwise healthy snake was dumped and died as a result of the cold

“It happens quite often unfortunately. It is most likely someone has dumped it and unfortunately it has been killed.”

An RSPCA spokesman told the BBC: "In general people need to think carefully before taking on a pet like this."

The boa constrictor is a species of large, heavy-bodied, non-poisonous snake.

It is a member of the family Boidae found in North, Central, and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean. Its prey includes a wide variety of small to medium sized mammals and birds.

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The dead snake was coiled into a box and taken away to be buried