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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-11602010

Canal boa constrictor man avoids prosecution

A man who reportedly threw a snake into a Gloucestershire canal will not be prosecuted, police have said.
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The 42-year-old was arrested on suspicion of releasing a species of animal into the wild following the incident on 12 August.
Eyewitnesses said the snake had a cream zig-zag diamond pattern.
Officers searched the bank at Bowbridge, near Stroud, but did not find the reptile.
A police spokesman said the case had been reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service and no further action would be taken.
 

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Arrest after snake seen in canal in Stroud

Boa constrictors can live for 40 years in captivity and can grow to four metres (13ft) in length
A 42-year-old man has been arrested after a snake was seen being thrown into a canal in Gloucestershire.
Eyewitnesses described the snake as having a cream zig-zag diamond pattern along its length. Detectives believe it to be a boa constrictor.
A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said the man - who lives in Stroud - had been arrested on suspicion of releasing a species of animal into the wild.
He has been bailed to return on 14 October.
The incident happened on 12 August.
"Following the allegations police conducted a search of the canal bank but didn't find the snake," the force spokesman added.
Boa constrictors can live for 40 years in captivity and can grow to four metres (13ft) in length.
Wildlife experts said at the time, the snake could still be alive if it had been able to find warmth, but it was unlikely to survive the winter.
 
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