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8ft Boa Constrictor on the loose in Skelmersdale is found

Snake went missing at 9:30pm on Tuesday from a house in Bearncroft

An 8ft Boa Constrictor, similar to this one, is on the loose in Skelmersdale

The missing Skelmersdale snake has been found safe and well in its owners home.

The 8ft snake, believed to be a Boa Constrictor, was reported missing at shortly before 9.30pm on Tuesday from an a house on Bearncroft in the town.

Boa Constrictors are not venomous and are not usually aggressive but the snake could pose a risk to small children or pets by wrapping itself around them to seek warmth.

Experts advised the reptile, which doesn’t like noise, was likely to have gone to ground to find somewhere to sleep.

Inspector Mark Porter, of Skelmersdale Police, said: “While we do not believe the snake is aggressive or would attack anybody there is the potential for risk to small children or pets from the animal seeking warmth. I would urge anyone who sees the snake to get in touch so that it can be recovered safely.”

News of the snakes disappearance caused a social media storm, with many people on Twitter and Facebook saying they were looking out for the snake.

Officers announced at around 8:30pm on Wednesday night that the snake had been recovered.