Texas city issues warning over missing 6-foot snake

FILE - A boa constrictor sits in its cage during a press conference at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar speaks announced a proposed ban on bringing Burmese pythons and eight other kinds of large snakes in the country, saying they threaten the environment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — A public safety alert in one North Texas city has nothing to do with traffic or weather but instead involves a 6-foot creature that slithers.

Officials in Wichita Falls say be on the lookout for a pet boa constrictor reported missing in the City View area.

Monday’s advisory does not say who owns the big snake, which has been missing since Sunday. Experts say the reptile is not poisonous.

Animal control officials say anyone locating the snake should not approach or try to capture the animal. People in Wichita Falls are advised to closely watch their dogs, cats or other small animals if the pets are taken outside.

Boa constrictors wrap their bodies around prey to suffocate the creatures.

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