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Boa constrictor found on airport cell phone lot

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

A five foot boa constrictor was found crawling around a Super Shuttle Airport van at Tampa International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Lt. Natalie Brown with Tampa Fire Rescue volunteered to catch the snake after hearing the call go out over the Airport Police radio.  Lt. Brown went to the cell phone lot at TIA and found the snake outside of the shuttle. She captured the snake with a pillow case borrowed from a co-worker's bed.

"I do not like snakes," said Brown, "I am just glad that the snake is safe. It was dangerous, the snake was in the parking lot and could have been run over."

"It is a beautiful snake," said Brown who believes it could be somebody's pet.

Brown still has the snake and is hoping that the rightful owner comes forward.  She said she does know of someone who is interested in keeping the snake if the owners are not found.

Her co-workers gave her a long pole with grasping claws at the end. "They made me my own snake catcher. I'm now the snake charmer at the firehouse" she said.

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