JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- There's no fear of snakes for Stephen Brezil, even as a 6 foot 15 pound boa constrictor wraps around his body.
A boa constrictor feeds off of small mice and rats and it's on the loose in Jacksonville Beach.
"Somebody's going to notice, especially at the beaches. People are out 24-7 they're walking around, riding their bikes. You're going to end up hearing the screams, but somebody will find it," said Brezil, who owns a reptile shop.
Jacksonville Beach Police say a Colombian red tail boa constrictor has been missing for the last 5-days from the 700 block of 5th Avenue.
But if you talk to the neighbors, it's no big deal.
"It's a pet, it's tame. He just fed it recently, so I don't think it's on the prowl. Honestly, there are a lot of rats out here that it will probably go after first," neighbor Caleb Goelz said.
You heard right -- there's an eight foot snake reported missing and the neighbors along 5th Avenue are only mildly concerned
Turns out the snake is a pet for one of the homeowners along the street and is named Alice.
It's believed the reptile will stay in the area around its home but snakes need to move to digest their food.
"So on the cooler parts of the evening, they're going to tuck under a building or a lot of times people have found snakes in the motors of cars," Brezil said.
Boa constrictors are drawn to the heat, so keep your eyes open because you might find one slithering your direction.
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