Exotic animal handler says snakes often get a bad deal as 6ft BOA CONSTRICTOR is dumped on vets’ doorstep

Simon Keys of Bovingdon's Ameyzoo with the abandoned boa constrictor

Simon Keys of Bovingdon's Ameyzoo with the abandoned boa constrictor

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An exotic animal enthusiast says she is saddened by the fact reptiles are often not cared for in the same way as ‘cuter’ pets after a 6ft boa constrictor was abandoned by its owners.

Staff at Bovingdon’s exotic pet store Ameyzoo have been caring for the struck-down snake, which is suffering respiratory problems, since it was handed over by the RSPCA due to the store’s expert reptilian knowledge.

The enormous creature, which in the wild kills its prey by squeezing it, had previously been dumped in a filthy enclosure at Hemel Hempstead’s Barton Lodge Veterinary Centre by its owners, who haven’t been traced.

 

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