Pet boa constrictor on the loose near Fort Myers

The owner says it slipped out of her cage
Posted at 6:49 AM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 23:16:02-04

SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla. -- The Lee County Sheriff's Office is working with Florida Fish and Wildlife to find a missing pet boa constrictor.

The snake named "Sheila" is 6 and half feet long and escaped from a home on Caloosa Road in San Carlos Park.

"I will l take full responsibility for it," said owner Amber Pettacio.

Pettacio says she accidently left Sheila's cage unlatched, and the snake slithered out.

The snake is non-venomous and most likely won't attack unless she feels threatened.

"They're very tame, they've been with humans their entire life that's all they know is humans, they're not aggressive, they've been around our cat."

The also hang around Amber and her husband's children.  The agency she adopted Sheila from had to inspect her home before the snake could move in.

"The company we adopted them from had to inspect us, inspect the cages and inspect our home, know every family member of the home, before we were even allowed to adopt them."
Some neighbors have volunteered to help Amber find the snake, but others haven't been so kind.
"Probably over 50 to 100 people on Facebook have said if I see her, I will kill her."
Amber says if you see Sheila contact her on Facebook or call deputes at (239) 477-1000.