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Teddy the Boa Constrictor is re-united with his owner after being taken in by Bugtopia The Zoo at Rutland Water

A six-foot Boa Constrictor has been re-united with his owner after slithering off from his owner's house.

Teddy was captured and taken in Bugtopia The Zoo at Rutland Water on Tuesday (August 27).

Yesterday (August 29), he was picked up by his relieved owner.


Dan Collin, head keeper at Bugtopia The Zoo, said: "This time of year a lot of pet reptiles go missing.

"The high temperature makes them more active and because many people have windows open, they make their escape.

"Sadly if they're not found they often perish in the cold months so it's important to ensure your reptiles are kept securely and closely monitored.

"All our reptiles here at the zoo are re-homed and rescued pets so we care very deeply about responsible ownership of any animals exotic or otherwise."

Dan said Boa Constrictors are non-venomous, reach lengths of 13 feet and are native to the South American rainforests.

They prey on animals as large as greyhound dogs but also birds, tree frogs and mammals.

Are you Teddy's owner?

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