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Snake on the loose in Westboro, 'poses very little risk'

A Kijiji ad was posted over the weekend, notifying residents that a boa constrictor had gone missing.
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Murphy the boa constrictor. Photo/ Kijiji ad

A boa constrictor may be slithering its way through west Ottawa.

Ottawa By-law has not confirmed that the snake is missing, but City Councillor Jeff Leiper has.

In a Kijiji ad, under 'Lost & Found in Ottawa,' there is a picture of "Murphy" the boa.

His owner describes him as friendly and calm, saying, "If you see him, please don't be afraid. Call me."

Actually, if you see him, city officials are asking that you do not approach and call 311 instead.

Muphy was last seen at his home on Lanark Avenue on August 11, around 1 a.m. He's about 5 ft (1.5 m) long.

His owner says he has never been outside before.

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