7-foot snake finds a lifeline

A snake found under a car outside a school in Pescadero has been taken in by a reptile rescue organization that will try to find it a long-term home, according to the Peninsula Humane Society.

The snake was found under a car outside the Pescadero Elementary and Middle School at 620 North St. around 3:15 p.m. on Friday Sept. 5.

Described as being around 4-1/2 inches wide and weighing 40 pounds, the snake was captured and turned over the humane society. While the snake was previously mistakenly identified as a 7-foot-long Burmese python, it has now been reidentified by a reptile expert as a boa constrictor, according to humane society spokesman Scott Delucchi.

The snake is currently in the process of shedding and has been aggressive to handlers, according to Delucchi:

“It’s doing some hissing and striking at the cage it’s being held in when anyone approaches it.”

The humane society has been able to locate a reptile rescue organization, which will be picking up the snake in the next day or two.

The name of the rescue group, which has a property outside of San Mateo County, will not be released, to avoid a large number of public calls and animals, Delucchi said.