Giant biting snake on the loose in Ilkeston

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A giant snake, which can bite if upset, is on the loose in Ilkeston.

The seven-foot boa constrictor, called Baba, has been missing overnight from its home in Church Street, Cotmanhay.

The worried owner, who did not wish to be named, said the snake was not naturally aggressive but urged people not to touch its head.

She said: "He's not very aggressive but he has bitten me a few times and does get hissy. He doesn't like being touched on his head so I'd urge anyone who sees him not to touch his head.

"I think he would be somewhere inside because of the cold temperatures. I'd be surprised if he was outside."

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The owner said she purchased the green snake, which is now two years old, for £35 from a local pet store when he was just a few months old.

She said: "During the night my boa constrictor has escaped its tank. I'd say it went missing between midnight and 5.30am.

"A couple of windows downstairs were left open throughout the night so my cat could come in and out. I am still searching. It's possible it could still be in the house and I haven't found it."

The owner, 32, said she would be happy to collect the snake if anybody knew of its whereabouts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the owner via messaging the 'Spotted Ilkeston town 2' Facebook group.