BOGOTA – Wildlife officers captured a snake about three meters (9.75 feet) long in an area of open ground near a home occupied by children that is part of a day care facility in Colombia.
The snake was found in Tibu, a city in Norte de Santander province, which borders on Venezuela, police spokesman Nelson Florez said.
The snake, a boa constrictor, showed up in that part of the city after making its way up a canal that carries rainwater to the Tibu River.
The city has forested zones in which several species of snakes live, among them boa constrictors, one of the largest serpents in the country, Florez said.
The reptile was in an area through which a large number of people pass, especially children, the police spokesman said.
The snake, which had not attacked anyone, was turned over to the Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Northeastern Frontier, which will return it to its natural habitat after experts examine it.
“The capture of the animal was performed without harming it, carried out by members of the Environmental Police, who are trained for this type of situation,” Florez said.