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Stillwater man finds 5-foot boa constrictor wrapped around deck rail

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Ever had a 5-foot boa constrictor wrapped around your deck railing? One Stillwater, Minn., homeowner has -- he had the pleasure of discovering the serpent in his backyard early Wednesday morning.

According to Stillwater police, the snake was discovered at 7 River Heights Drive at about 5 a.m. when Paul Kiolbasa went out on his deck.

"So I went, 'Whoa!'" he recalled.

At first, Kiolbasa thought the snake was a branch or paper towel roll his children had been playing with, but when he tried to move it -- it moved.

"He said, 'There's a 5-, 6-, 7-foot python on our deck," Camille Kiolbasa recalled. "I said, 'This is not funny.'"

Not knowing what to do about the guest and wondering whether it was a prank, the Kiolbasas called Stillwater police.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources brought Sarah Richard, a herpeticulturalist who works with the Bell Museum, to retrieve the snake.

"He's being good," she said. "his nose looks like he's been doing some cage battering."

Richard said the scarring on the snake's nose indicates it was caged at some point and may have escaped.

"It's funny. Once you get a snake ... that knows it can get out, it's really hard to keep it in the cage because they prefer to be elsewhere," Richard told FOX 9 News.

About a quarter of the reptiles Richard rescues are escapees, and she's even rescued a snake of a similar size from someone's bathroom. That discovery was made after the resident sat down on the already-occupied toilet.

By the time Richard arrived at the Kiolbasa home, the snake had wrapped itself on the lattice and railing of the deck. She was bitten twice during the removal; however, she was not harmed.

Neighbors told police they did not know of any nearby snake owners. The snake is now safe at the Minnesota Herpetological Society, part of the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis.

If no one claims the snake, Richard plans to put the boa up for adoption or auction after Sept. 5 or 6 -- but only to members of the local reptile society.

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