Is it legal to own a boa constrictor in Ohio? - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Is it legal to own a boa constrictor in Ohio?

The hooked teeth on a boa constrictor. (Source: Pinterest) The hooked teeth on a boa constrictor. (Source: Pinterest)
  1. It's one of the scarier 911 calls you've probably ever heard. "I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face," a Sheffield Lake woman told the dispatcher as calmly as she could on Thursday. The snake was said to be biting the woman and wrapping around her head.

Eventually first responders had to cut the head of the snake off to remove it from the woman's face. According to National Geographic a boa can get up to 13 feet long and its attack method sound very similar to what happened in the Sheffield Lake case. "Their jaws are lined with small, hooked teeth for grabbing and holding prey while they wrap their muscular bodies around their victim, squeezing until it suffocates," according to the National Geographic website on boas. 

Checking with the Ohio Department of Agriculture the boa is not included in the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animals Act which became law in 2012. That law designates which animals and reptiles are regulated by the state.

To own animals like bears, lions, anacondas and alligators (to name a only a few) you must go through the permit process which includes inspections.

Here is a full list of the animals on the state's Dangerous Wild Animals. 

So no, the Sheffield Lake woman, who took the boa in as a rescue only the day before it attacked her, was not breaking the law. 

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