Long snake only a danger to rodents
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies say they've had calls recently from people who thought they'd seen a boa or python on the loose in Houma. But an expert says it's a nonvenemous rat snake and can help control rodents.
The Courier reports that Department of Wildlife and Fisheries zoologist Beau Gregory checked out a photograph of the 5- or 6-foot-long snake on Friday.
Michael Levay of Houma says he took the picture last Sunday, then knocked the critter off his back fence with a shovel, drove around looking for it, and warned neighbors about it.
Gregory says rat snakes can grow more than 6 feet long, can be found in cities, and spend a lot of time in trees — but are no danger to people.
Posted on Tue, May 7, 2013