Police: 8-year-old bitten by exotic boa constrictor in SC

Police: 8-year-old bitten by exotic boa constrictor in SC

GREENVILLE, SC (WBTV) - An 8-year-old boy from North Carolina is recovering after police in South Carolina say he was bitten by an exotic pet snake while on vacation.

The boy's family was visiting Greenville, SC from Trenton, NC over the weekend when they were walking along downtown Greenville Sunday evening, according to a police report.

The family came across a man holding a Colombian Red Tailed Boa around 5:30 p.m. Sunday night. The man was letting people hold or pet the nearly five-foot long snake.

A 36-year-old man and his 8-year-old son approached to pet the snake. According to the police report, the boy attempted to pet the snake and it bit him on the right forearm.

The snake was pulled off the boy's arm, according to police, and he was taken into a nearby Starbucks for a towel and water.

An officer was waved down and called medical personnel to check on the boy. The wound was cleaned and medics bandaged the area.

The Colombian Red Tailed Boa is a non-venomous snake.

The boy was not taken to the hospital and the family told police they would take him to their pediatrician in North Carolina, if needed.

Animal control was notified about the incident, but the snake was not seized. FOX Carolina is reporting the snake's owner will not face charges.

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