Snake presumed to be boa constrictor spotted in regional park

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An Oakland Zoo photo of a red-tailed boa.

East Bay Regional Park District crews are still on the lookout for a large boa constrictor snake that was spotted in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland earlier this week.

According to park officials, the snake is not venomous or a threat to the public, but may be in danger because it is a non-native species.

The Bay Area has colder weather than the snake’s usual habitat of warm tropical forests or grasslands.

The red-tailed boa spotted by a hiker on the side of Big Bear Trail in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley, Calif., on Feb. 13, 2022. (East Bay Regional Park District via Bay City News)

The park district was notified Monday morning that a hiker the previous day had spotted what is presumed to be a red-tailed boa near Big Bear Trail.

If the snake is spotted again, crews will try to collect it and work with the Oakland Zoo to assess its health and figure out a long-term home for it.

Authorities do not know how the snake ended up in the park, but said abandoning any animals in regional parks is illegal.

Anyone who sees the snake is asked to call park staff at (510) 690-6676 or a non-emergency public safety line at (510) 881-1833. Members of the public are asked to take a photo and map the sighting but to not try to approach the snake or capture it.

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