Sss-ix foot snake Millicent escapes from her home
A SIX FOOT snake has escaped from its home in Mutley.
The Brazilian Rainbow Boa Constrictor was reported missing on Wednesday by her distraught owner Ryu Underhill.
The colourful snake, named Millicent, is believed to have escaped from her tank and slithered out of the window of Ryu's ground-floor flat in Stangray Avenue, Mutley.
"I'm devastated," said the 28-year-old barber, who has been keeping reptiles and snakes for 14 years without any breaking out of their tanks.
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"She isn't venomous but I am worried that someone will see her, panic and kill her."
The four-year-old hand-reared snake was fed last week and can survive for the next six months without food, he added.
But, despite her contact with humans, Ryu understands that she is still a wild animal.
"I don't want any harm to come to her – or to anyone's pets," he said.
Dean Murdoch, manager of Two by Two Reptile and Aquatic Centre, Embankment Road, said the snake would not be fully active because the weather is too cool.
He said Millicent's tank will give out constant heat of around 86-88°F, around 31°C,which is much warmer than temperatures in Plymouth.
"She may seem aggressive because she is out in the open and vulnerable but she wont want to hurt you," he said.
"She will be afraid."
Ryu said if the snake is found by someone who is confident with reptiles, they should pick the animal up with a stick and place her in a cardboard box.
And anyone who spots the snake should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.