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Kaa A hungry boa constrictor is on the loose in a Cambridgeshire village – and could pop up through the neighbours’ pipes at any minute.
Police spent the weekend hunting for Kaa, a 4ft-long female Colombian red-tailed snake who would make light work of a cat or dog.
The young reptile slithered out of the first-floor flat where she was kept in Little Paxton and owner Daniel Oxford believes she might have got into the pipes – meaning one of his neighbours on Samuel Jones Crescent might be in line for a slippery surprise.
Kaa has missed her feeding day so could be on the lookout for her next meal but Daniel, 21, says the snake does not pose a risk to humans.
It is just as well she is only a year old, because at full size she could be up to 20ft long and 1ft wide.
Daniel, who has only lived in the block for a fortnight, told the News: “I let her out of her tank in my flat during the day and she normally just slithers round in the front room.
“I took my eye off her for five or 10 minutes and when I came back I searched but couldn’t find her.
“I think she must have got out through the pipes or possibly the bedroom window.”
Daniel said Kaa is shedding her skin at the moment.
She is likely to look for a warm and damp spot, and his attempt to tempt her back with a dead rat on the balcony was unsuccessful.
He said: “I’m quite worried because she’s cold-blooded and it would be easy for her to die at night.
“There’s no risk to people, she’s got a very good temperament with humans – it’s small dogs and cats I’m worried about.
“If she gets hold of a small dog or cat she will kill it.”
He added: “A couple of the neighbours are concerned about their cats which is fair enough but other than that they are fine.
“They say they will let me know if they see anything.”
Kaa, who made her break for freedom on Wednesday night, is 2ins wide, coloured green and brown, with black markings and a red tail.
A police spokeswoman said: “The snake is not thought to be dangerous but anybody who sees it is asked not to approach it and to call police.”
Anyone who sees the reptile can contact officers on 0345 4564564.