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Springfield man finds skin of boa constrictor while cleaning his pool

Jerry Smedley of Springfield shows shed skin of boa constrictor he found while cleaning his pool. (WKEF/WRGT)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - About a week and-a-half ago Jerry Smedley was cleaning his pool at his Springfield home, just like any other day. But on this day, he came across something he never thought he'd find: the shed skin of a boa constrictor.

Smedley tells FOX45 he noticed the skin in the corner of his pool, at first he thought it was a rag or towel and went over to check it out, "I kept on pulling and pulling it and finally realized I was pulling out a snake skin." He estimates about four feet of the skin was sticking out by his pool. Smedley says after the discovery he called his son who came over to check out the skin. They then decided to call the state, which confirmed the skin came from a boa constrictor snake.

On Tuesday, the Clark County Combined Health District sent out a warning to residents to keep a close eye on their small pets.

Authorities say there is no direct danger to humans or large animals, however, they say residents should pay extra attention to small pets. If the snake is spotted, authorities warn that it should not be approached. Boa Constrictors aren't venomous but can do harm to you if they bite you.

Smedley said at first the discovery was exciting, but he thinks the snake is "probably somewhere still loose," and that's concerning to him. He has grandchildren who visit often and he'd like for the snake to be found. Smedley said he think the snake was either a pet that escaped or someone let it go.

If you spot the snake, you're asked to call the Clark County Combined Health District at 937-390-5600. Authorities ask that if you see the snake, to give them the exact location.

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