Snake oil alert! Boa constrictor found coiled up under car hood in Stoughton


Stoughton police

The boa was staring straight at the car owner.

A boa constrictor that startled a Stoughton man when he found it coiled up under the hood of his car Saturday morning is going home.

Stoughton police announced on Facebook Saturday night that “ . . . our slippery serpent from earlier in the day will be reunited with its rightful owner.”

The saga began just after 9:30 a.m., when a Seaver Street resident decided to check the fluids in his car. But when he popped open the hood, he came face to face with a five-foot boa constrictor.

The discovery was “ . . . the most frightening, jaw dropping, jump out of your boots,” scenario, police wrote on Facebook.

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With that, the resident called police, who quickly dispatched three “brave officers” and sent out the “Bat Signal” to alert the animal control officer.

None had ever had the good fortune to attend “snake charming school,” but off they went to “capture this fire breathing dragon,” police wrote.

Working together, the four were able to “ safely capture the snake without any harm to the animal, the officers or the caller,” according to police.

The snake was transported to Joe’s Crazzy Critters, Stoughton Police Lieutenant John Bonney confirmed. The business “specializes in entertaining and educational exotic animal shows,” according to Joe’s website.

Hours later, the snake’s owner contacted police to claim the lost pet.

“The owner, who wishes not to be identified and will not face any penalties, is thrilled the snake has been located,” police said.

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