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Boa constrictor stuck in fence in Hull freed by RSPCA

The snake stuck in the fence Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The boa constrictor became "wedged" between the wooden slats of the fence in Hull

A 5ft-long (1.5m) snake had to be rescued after getting stuck in a fence.

The boa constrictor had tried to slither through the wooden slats near a house on 12th Avenue, Hull when it got "wedged" on Wednesday.

It was spotted by a member of the public who contacted the RSPCA and animal collection officer Martin Whiteley managed to free it uninjured.

The charity took the snake to a local specialist and hopes its owner will come forward to claim it.

"The boa constrictor was a large snake at around 5ft long and he was quite wide," Mr Whiteley said.

"He'd tried to slither through the fence and got wedged.

"Luckily, I was able to carefully wiggle him free and he wasn't injured at all."

Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The snake is being cared for by a specialist until its owner can be found

Boa constrictors are non-venomous predators that kill by squeezing the life out of their prey and can reach up to 10ft (3m) in length.

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