A boa constrictor that a Jacmel resident discovered in a yard in the community on Monday morning, has been captured.
And it will be released into the forest.
Residents estimated that the creature, an ‘aggressive’ female, was some seven feet in length.
The reptile hissed and snapped as a handler put it into a bucket.
Officials explained that it’s the mating season for the reptile.
As a result, they say the snakes rove about in search of a mate.
The boa is a protected species in Saint Lucia under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Therefore the Forestry Department has advised citizens against killing the snake on sight.
Any person who commits an offence under the Wildlife Protection Act is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months.