Added 'attraction' for Stroud Canal

Published: Monday, 23 August 2010

NOT particularly a wanted attraction however, for a man has dumped his unwanted boa constrictor in the waterway.

The man told towpath walkers that he could no longer afford to keep it has it kept getting bigger and bigger, so decided to dump it in the waterway having read that it can live in water.

It is expected however that it will find somewhere warm on the bank and feed on small mammals—and perhaps develop a liking for water voles!

Boa constrictors can survive for 40 years and grow up to 13ft. The incident was reported to the police, as releasing a non-native animal into the wild is against the law. The snake is not expected to survive the winter.