Worried owners of a missing snake fear it could ‘eat a rabbit or a small cat’ as it goes hungry after a week on the loose.
Pet Bo, a six-foot-long boa constrictor, was basking in the sun when she escaped from the garden of her owner’s home on Hollingswood Way in Sunnyside, Rotherham, a week ago.
Owners Corrine Swann and husband Damion believe the two-year-old slithered through a tight gap between their house and another property.
Mum-of-three Corrine, a former dinner lady, said: “There is fencing all around the garden so we think she got out through the gap but she has never tried to do it before.
“We have told everyone to keep an eye out for her but she is a big snake so they might get a shock if they spot her.”
Bo - who is normally kept in a tank - was due to be fed her usual meal of large rats when she went missing.
Corrine added: “If she starts to get hungry I am concerned she might go for small animals like rabbits or a cat.
“She is a very placid snake and the kids love her – she lets them pick her up.
“We just want her back now. There have been a few tears from the girls. They love her to bits.”
n People are asked to call police on 101 if they see the snake.