German police hunt 'sensitive' three-metre snake

25th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The owner was at pains to stress that the snake was not poisonous and fed only on small rodents like mice and rats, police in the central German town of Minden said in a statement.

Berlin -- German police said they were on the hunt for a three-metre (10-foot) long Brazilian black rat snake, nearly as thick as a man's arm, which had escaped from its cage and slithered into town.

The owner was at pains to stress that the snake was not poisonous and fed only on small rodents like mice and rats, police in the central German town of Minden said in a statement Thursday.

Police nevertheless advised passers-by who might encounter the snake to exercise extreme caution. "The snake is very sensitive and tender and people who react in a panicky way might hurt it," they said.

No effort is being spared to track down the reptile.

"Officers on the beat will not just be looking out for criminals and traffic offenders. The constrictor is also on the official search list," the police said.

AFP/Expatica

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