School: O-W Kindergarten Visited by Boa Constrictor (Mar 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Gehrke, Klafke, De Groat

----Source: Owen Enterprise (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 05 Apr 1978

Miss Gehrke’s morning Kindergarten class had a boa constrictor snake visit them in their class Wednesday, March 29, 1978. The snake was brought in by Mrs. Kenneth (Carol) Klafke of Route 1, Owen. Her daughter Karen is in the kindergarten class. The boa constrictor, when taken from a cloth bag, wrapped itself around Mrs. Klafke’s arm. She explained to the class that the boa does not bit or sting, but squeezes their prey to death before eating it. This one was a female snake belonging to her brother, Joseph De Groat of Abbotsford, and is about 6 or 7 years old.

The boa came from South America and if one would want to purchase one, the cost would be about $200 or $250 in a pet shop.

The five foot long snake has a forked tongue, which goes in and out continually as that tis how she smell her prey. She will only eat mice, rats, little rabbits, which she kill be squeezing them and then swallows. Boas can eat one third their weight daily and this one weighed twenty pounds.



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