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Nov 14, 2017

Eleven-foot “Wowla” Removed from Constitution Park Residence

Our following story is not for the faint of heart, so if you’re not a fan of snakes, you may want to exit.  Belizeans have grown used to sharing our habitat with the wild animals that have made this country their home as well. Over the years at News Five, we’ve reported on snakes in backyards, snakes biting nurses, rats and even crocodiles in hospitals – or at least hospital compounds. There’s even been an appearance or two by so-called local “snake men.” But an incident this afternoon in Belize City has to rank as one of the more unusual discoveries we’ve reported on. The sight of the newest resident of one of the most historic sites in the Old Capital, Constitution Park, brought some curious on-lookers. But as Aaron Humes reports, his occupancy didn’t last very long.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

This afternoon on West Collet Canal, on-lookers were shocked by the appearance of a massive eleven-foot “wowla” or boa constrictor, joined soon after by a smaller cousin. As most people do these days, the first things whipped out were not guns or machetes, but cell phones, to record the moment for posterity. The larger reptile was discovered in Constitution Park around ten this morning by a visitor who declined an on-camera interview but was willing to share his experience. He said he saw the snake slithering around a large tree at the corner facing the junction of Cemetery Road and Magazine Road, not menacing anyone. Nonetheless, he was concerned that it might pose a danger, so he tried to seek around for someone to come and remove it.  In the meantime about thirty persons gathered for an atypical ecology lesson, seeing this king of reptiles in action. But the fun was halted when a local vendor known only as “Amin” came by and collected the reptile into a crocus bag. We caught up to Amin near the Novelos’ Bus Terminal this afternoon but while he was willing to show us his prizes, he declined any on-camera appearances and rushed off, not even sticking around to answer our questions about his plans for this snake as well as a smaller one he showed us which he said he caught elsewhere. Snake meat is considered a delicacy among certain populations and goes for as much as five dollars a pound. Our best guess is that both will wind up, ignominiously, as someone’s dinner or perhaps breakfast. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

No one we spoke to was able to say how the snake got into the park, but recent rains may well have guided it along.

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