DELHI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Delhi Township police and residents are on alert after a 6-foot-long boa constrictor slithered away from its owner in a residential neighborhood over the weekend and remains missing.
The large, nocturnal snake that can grow as large as 13-feet long vanished Sunday in the 400 block of Morrvue Drive, police said.
The reptile's owner told detectives it wandered off while he was feeding it outside.
The serpent is described as off-white with black spots and black diamond side outlines.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area and warn the reptile may try to find shelter from cold overnight temperatures.
Boa constrictors strike at prey, grabbing it by the teeth, and then squeezes it to death before swallowing it whole.
Their diet includes a variety of small-to-medium-sized mammals and birds. They mostly eat rodents.
Delhi Township police said they contacted officials at the Ohio Department of Agriculture but they were told the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act doesn't prevent the man from having the snake as a pet.
The Department of Agriculture's website shows restricted snakes are anacondas and pythons that are 12 feet or longer and venomous snakes.
Anyone who spots the snake should call police: 513-922-9972.