20-year-old bitten while trying to pick up boa constrictor on Cape Cod

Police took custody of the snake, which fire officials think was somebody's pet.

A boa constrictor. –bmairlot / Flickr

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Fire officials say a Massachusetts man has been bitten by a boa constrictor he tried to pick up in the woods of Cape Cod.

Hyannis firefighter Andrew Kleamenakis tells the Cape Cod Times the 20-year-old man was on his way home in Barnstable on Monday when spotted a 6- to 8-foot long snake feeding on a dead animal, possibly a rat.

The snake bit him when he tried to pick it up.

Boas kill their prey by squeezing it to death and they are not venomous, but the man went to the hospital as a precaution to prevent infection. His name wasn’t released.

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Police took custody of the snake, which fire officials think was somebody’s pet.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com