Casselberry man surprised to find boa constrictor in street

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. —

A Casselberry man got a surprise when he walked out to his street to check on what he thought was his cat in the middle of the road. But instead, he found a 6-foot-long boa constrictor -- a snake not native to Florida.

Tim Allen said he saw what he thought looked like bike tracks through his lawn, leading out to the street.

"(It was) pretty freaky. I'm going, 'I've seen the black snakes and the little rat snakes around but nothing that big,'" said Allen.

Allen helped pin down the Colombian boa constrictor until police came.

Casselberry police officer Katrine Zorn picked up the snake with her hands and hauled it away.

Allen said it's the snake is something he's never seen before.

"I've lived here 30 years and I've never seen it," said Allen.

He said it is something he'd rather not see again.

Boa constrictors squeeze their prey to death. Allen said he has two small pets.

"Protect your pets, you know. Don't leave it in my yard. That's not a good thing for me or you," said Allen.

It is legal to own a Colombian boa constrictor in Florida, without any permits. It is illegal to release any type of non-native species even if it's an accident.

Channel 9 learned that the snake had to be euthanized because it was injured while neighbors were waiting for police to come get it.

Police said the owner of the snake has not come forward.