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6-foot long boa constrictor found living in Florida man's attic

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Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 11:07:59-04

(WFLA) An Englewood, Florida man had had enough of the pest living in the attic. When he tried to find out what was making noise, he was shocked to find out it was a boa constrictor.

Over the past few months, Bob van der Herchen's son had a feeling something just wasn't right.

"He used to complain he'd hear sounds in the attic. I didn't think much of it, I thought maybe it was rats," said van der Herchen.

His son was convinced it was a snake. Finally, van der Herchen found it hiding among insulation.

"It took three and a half minutes for that snake to move into that rafter space...it was bigger than I expected," he explained.

Turns out, it was a boa constrictor. A snake trapper who was called found the 6-foot-long snake had shed some skin. It may have been in the attic around two to four years.

"Over the last couple of years, my wife said she heard sounds in the attic. My son said he heard sounds in the attic," said van der Herchen. "It was actually bunking in the rafter space right above the Florida room chair where my wife sits."

He believes the boa was once someone's pet.

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