By Alison Brownlee
A Huntsville resident approached council asking that it allow her family to keep an unusual pet.
Pamela Hutchinson asked the Town of Huntsville public infrastructure and protective services committee on Nov. 12 to let her family keep its red-tailed boa constrictor, despite the town’s exotic pet bylaw prohibiting it.
“We’ve had him now for about six years. He’s part of our family,” said Hutchinson. “I just hope that you allow me to keep him.”
A boa constrictor, according to About.com, can live for 25 to 30 years and a red-tailed boa can reach up to 10 feet in length.
But Hutchinson explained that her family’s snake is a red-tailed boa constrictor-cross, which will decrease in size. And he’s a male, which will decrease in size as well, she said.
She described the fully-grown snake as three-and-a-half feet long and two-and-a-half inches in diameter.
She brought a skin the snake had shed to the council chamber to show committee members.
“I’m hoping this would allow you to understand he’s not a threat to you or I,” she said. “He is very small.”
She said the snake is kept in an enclosure.
“He’s held by my husband and myself daily,” she said. “Otherwise, he’s held in a three-by-two-by-one-foot tank. It has screening on top and a lock because we have children.”
She said her family previously lived in the Township of Lake of Bays where snakes under two metres in length are allowed.
She said she did not realize the Town of Huntsville did not allow exotic pets when the family moved to the town in December 2012. More....