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Snake escapes school science lab

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) – A boa constrictor slipped out of his tank at a school's science lab.

Motion sensors inside Hayfield Secondary School sent security on a mysterious mission, and it was discovered that the snake had managed to escape his home.

The Colombian red tail boa's escape gave parents pause.

"Have they found it? Please tell me they located it, because I was just in there and my child is in there," said parent Cindy Wade.

Fairfax County Animal Control responded – and Officer Siobhan Chase, who isn't scared of any snake.

"He was a little freaked out when I popped up on top of the cabinet. He was like, 'Oh my god.' And then I just kind of picked him up and he was like, 'Oh, OK I'm used to this.'"

It turned out the snake, named Buddy, didn't go far. He stayed in the science lab after slipping out of his tank.

Chase believes Buddy became too strong for his tank, which was secured. She put Buddy back in his home, secured it again – and piled a few biology books on top, just in case.

"They are a pretty docile snake especially when they are being handled regularly, so it probably is a pretty good animal to have in a science lab," she said.

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