6 ft. long boa constrictor shows up on Sarasota porch, scares everyone

Officer Lundstrum with the Boa Constrictor. Image courtesy Sarasota Police via Facebook

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — Here’s a real-life scare that has nothing to do with Halloween.

Neighbors at the Beneva Oaks apartments in Sarasota discovered a 6-foot-long boa constrictor slithering near the front entrance.

It happened about 11:30 Thursday night. The incident was captured on video. “Where are you supposed to grab him from?” Can be heard on the video. “I’m going to try to get him around his neck,” answers an officer.

Riled up and mad, this boa constrictor didn’t like it when Sarasota Police Officer Brian Lundstrum tried to round him up. It snapped several times, and tried to slither away.

“When I come out, it was laying across in front of the door and was going up the glass” said Tina Cyr, who lives at the apartment building. She rides a motorized wheelchair and was coming outside to smoke a cigarette.

She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “I told the cop, I says, ‘I want to go have a cigarette, but I ain’t going out with that thing out there’, ” said Cyr.

“I thought he was going to lose it. I thought it was going to take off,” she said.

The snake tried to bite, and at times hissed, as the officer tried to corner it.

Where it came from is anybody’s guess. “I don’t know if somebody from the apartment complex, it got loose or maybe when somebody sees the story, they’ll report that they have a missing snake. Hope so,” said Lt. Lori Jaress with the Sarasota Police Department.

The snake had other ideas as the officer tried to pin it down.

“He was brave, I’m telling you,” said Cyr.

Officer Lundstrum pinned the snake’s head with his baton.

Mission accomplished.

“It’s all in a day’s work. You never know what the next call may be,” said Lt. Jaress.

For Cyr, it’s a big relief knowing the boa has gone bye-bye.

“In my opinion, the only snake is a dead one,” she said. The snake is at Sarasota County Sheriff Animal Services.

The police department is hoping somebody will claim it.


Photo Courtesy Rodney Huff
Photo Courtesy Rodney Huff
Photo Courtesy Rodney Huff
Photo Courtesy Rodney Huff

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