WALKERS were left shocked as a huge boa constrictor was seen on a popular pathway.
The 9ft long snake was found on a popular footpath in Erddig, Wrexham, on Saturday evening and a number of passers-by took photographs and posted them to Twitter.
Kevin Harvey from Erddig Road, Wrexham, was walking down the country lane with his neighbour David Edwards when they stumbled across the snake.
The 54-year-old said: “It was incredibly long. It was easily as thick as my leg, and so, so heavy.
“We were so surprised to stumble across it and we poked it with a stick to see if it was alive.”
Pictures of the discovery went viral locally which alerted zoologist Chris Wright, 31, from Bradley, who had to act quickly to establish whether it was still alive or not as it might pose a threat to small dogs and wildlife in the area. It was found to be dead.
Mr Wright, a special care school teacher who trained in zoology at Aberystwyth University, said: ”On Saturday night I had a phone call saying a large snake had been found and I saw the pictures on Twitter.
“Now usually when people talk about a big snake they just mean a large grass snake, but this is a 9ft long boa constrictor.
“I quickly needed to establish if it was still alive as it could still pose a risk to life for wildlife and small dogs although it would not have been any threat to humans.
“So I went out there at 9pm and found the snake, but it was dead.”
Mr Wright, who is a specialist in reptiles and rescues tortoises in the Wrexham area, said the snake had died as a result of the cold and he moved it to investigate further.
He said: “The snake was a female and was an absolute beauty. I have no indication of age but she was quite well fed.
“It is such a shame. She had either escaped, or more than likely had been cruelly dumped by someone.
“It happens quite often unfortunately. It is most likely someone has dumped it and unfortunately it has been killed.”
The snake has now been been buried.
The boa constrictor is a species of large, heavy-bodied, non-poisonous snake. It is a member of the family Boidae found in North, Central, and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean.
Its prey includes a wide variety of small to medium sized mammals and birds.