Boa constrictor: Not an enthusiastic camping buddy

June 17, 2011 8:56:21 AM PDT
A man has discovered that a boa constrictor is not a willing camping companion after his 5-foot-long pet escaped as they vacationed in southeast Michigan. The man alerted officials that the snake slithered out of his pop-up camper June 9 at Addison Oaks County Park.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation executive officer Dan Stencil tells the Oakland Press of Pontiac that the snake is young and doesn't pose a threat to humans -- "just small animals and so on."

Stencil says the man has been cited for violating park rules.

Stencil says the snake might have slithered into a crevice in the camper, but that herpetologists are scouring the 1,140-acre park 30 miles north of Detroit in hopes of finding it before crowds descend for a fireworks display July 1.