Giant snake 'on loose' in Ilkeston is found - in child's toy box

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A giant biting snake which its owner warned had escaped in Ilkeston has now been found - in a toy box belonging to its owner's children.

Earlier today, the Derby Telegraph reported how the seven-foot boa constrictor, called Baba, had gone missing from its tank at the owner's home in Church Street, Cotmanhay.

An appeal was launched this morning via the Spotted Ilkeston Town 2 Facebook page by the worried owner who was concerned by the two-year-old snake's whereabouts. It apparently disappeared in the early hours.

She said the snake was not naturally aggressive but had urged people not to touch its head in case it bit.

However, since the story was published we have been told Baba has been found - hiding inside a toy box at the owner's home.

When first speaking to the Derby Telegraph, the owner said it was possible the snake could still be in her house but was unsure of its whereabouts.

The owner, who did not wish to be named, said: "We found him inside my son's toy box. He's fine and in no danger at all. It's a relief to us all."

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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.

The owner previously said of its escape: "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.

"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."