MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - A red-tailed boa constrictor was found on the loose in Matthews Thursday but is now being taken care of by a local animal rescue group.
The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted a photo of the large snake on Facebook Thursday evening.
According to the group, two biologists walking found the snake in the woods in Matthews and took it to Matthews Animal Control. It then ended up at the rescue.
"It's infuriating that people dump animals but putting a snake like this out in the wild is the most irresponsible thing I can think of," the post on Facebook said. "It's an exotic snake that had no business in the wild."
Initial information indicated the snake could have possibly eaten some neighborhood cats, but the group says that turned out to be false.
"Snakes like these when they get set free and their this large usually prey on small animals," they said. "This one actually has not eaten in a while he's pretty dehydrated and in bad shape."
Kara Lopp with the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue says the snake is not native to North Carolina.
The group says the good thing is that the snake wasn't killed. They've recently been pushing people to stop killing black snakes, instead turn them over to the rescue group.
They are currently offering to trade black snakes for chicken eggs, in an effort to raise awareness about snakes.
"Not all snakes are bad or dangerous," Lopp said. "In fact, they are good for the eco-system. We want to help bring a new appreciation and awareness about snakes."