NEW ORLEANS — The Latest on boa constrictor killed by grass-cutting crew (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A reptile rescuer says a pet-owner most likely abandoned the 9-foot-long boa constrictor accidentally killed by a grass-cutting crew in a New Orleans suburb.

Randy Jones lives in Plaquemines (PLAK-uh-minz) Parish, where a Bush Hog mower ran over the snake on Tuesday in foot-high grass. Jones has worked with snakes for 35 years. He volunteers for Southern Comfort Reptile and Wildlife Rescue in Poplarville, Mississippi.

Jones says the red-tailed boa probably was released this year, because even Louisiana winters are too cold for the Central and South American reptile.

Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s Lt. Eric Becnel says the mower operator thought he’d run over a rope, looked under the mower and found the big dead snake.

2 p.m.

Authorities say a grass-cutting crew accidentally killed a 9-foot-long boa constrictor in a park southeast of New Orleans.

Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s Lt. Eric Becnel said Wednesday that deputies were called to a park right-of-way in the unincorporated community of Davant after a Bush Hog mower working in tall grass cut the big snake’s body Tuesday.

He says Audubon Nature Institute scientists identified the snake as a red-tailed boa.

Becnel says authorities don’t know how the snake got there, but it may have been an escaped pet or one illegally released to the wild.

Boa constrictors eat rats, mice, and other small animals. They’re native to Central and South America.

Becnel says that if the mowing crew had seen the snake earlier, deputies might have caught it or called someone who could do so.

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