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Snake surprises construction workers

Construction workers on a street near Prater in Vienna were shocked to discover a two metre long Boa Constrictor snake hiding where they were working.

The surprised workers called out the fire brigade who captured the exotic animal and took it to an animal rescue centre.

It is not clear how the snake got there or who it belongs to.

"It is still unclear who owns this animal," said police spokesman Roman Hahslinger. "The question of how the exotic snake came to be in the courtyard of the building is also right now unclear because none of the residents were talked to admitted to owning a snake."

The animal did not have any injuries and is currently being cared for by animal welfare centre Vienna ASPCA. Because so far no owners have come to claim the animal, welfare officers believe it may have been deliberately abandoned by its owner.

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