Even though some neighbors have threatened to kill the snake if they find it, a San Carlos Park woman is not giving up hope that she will find her missing boa constrictor.
"She is our pet, and even if she is not anyone else's favorite type of animal, it doesn't mean she deserves to be hurt or killed," said Amber Petaccio.
Amber's 6 1/2 foot long red tail boa named "Sheila" escaped from its cage last Thursday at their home on Caloosa Road.
"She's been human and hand held and raised by humans her whole life, all she knows is humans, and she doesn't know that she can hurt things," said Amber.
Sheila is that important to the family, amber put together a search group that is going out this Thursday to find the snake.
"We've had several people from the reptile community come forward and volunteer to help us that day, and they are professionals when it comes to that kind of stuff."
Much like a dog or cat, losing Sheila the snake is affecting the whole family.
"We have a 3 year old, a 6 year old and an 11 year old, and they are all really close to her, they held her all the time."
Anybody who sees this snake can contact its owner Amber, or the Lee County Sheriff's Office.