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Stray snake causes a stir at local law office



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Imagine going to work at your law office job on a Monday morning, looking out the window to see a boa constrictor on the stone wall. That is how the work week started for the staff at Kalled Law Office on Courthouse Square June 25. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
June 27, 2018
OSSIPEE — Imagine going to work at your law office job on a Monday morning, looking out the window to see a boa constrictor on the stone wall. That is how the work week started for the staff at Kalled Law Office on Courthouse Square June 25.

Employee Katrina Brewster said staff first noticed the snake on the patio below when looking out the second-story window. They made their way outside, unsure what type of snake it was, wild or domesticated. As they approached, she said, and it wasn't scared off they realized this may be someone's pet.

Brewster said the town animal control officer was notified, and they continued to watch the snake. But as the snake started making its way towards the building, Brewster said, they realized if they didn't catch it, it would get away. They were able to coax the five-foot red-tailed boa constrictor into a pillowcase. Brewster said she just did what she had to save the snake. "As much as I don't care for snakes and reptiles in general, I couldn't just leave her out there, she isn't a wild animal, and this isn't her environment, so she could be hurt or killed, and I wouldn't let that happen," said Brewster.

As it turns out, someone who does like and knows how to care for snakes is Brewster's daughter Kristen Hanna of Ossipee. The snake was taken to her and she is currently fostering it while the owner is sought. Hanna said the snake is "healthy and socialized." As for the snake escaping from its home, Hanna said, "It's not too uncommon with bigger snakes like this; if you don't have a locking cage or a weight on it sometimes they can get out on their own. Boas like her are climbers so they're always checking the lids of their enclosure. Or someone let her out, which is unfortunately also common when they get too big to take care of. I can't say for sure what really happened, I'm just glad she's not sick or injured after being outdoors like that," said Hanna. She added that she's willing to care for it until the owner is found or until someone who knows how to care for snakes adopts it.

Brewster and Hanna have reached out to animal control, NH Fish and Game, animal shelters, and on several social media sites in search of the owner. But so far, no luck. If you recognize the snake and would like to help her find her way home, contact Hanna by email at kristen.hanna1123@gmail.com.

Martin Lord Osman
Coos County Department of Corr
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