Anaconda that escaped in Longview gets new home

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- An 8-foot long anaconda that briefly escaped from a Longview home this month has been transferred to a licensed reptile handler.

The snake and two others -- a 10-foot Colombian red tail boa constrictor and a 6-foot Burmese python -- slipped out of a garage at the home on July 12. By the time authorities arrived the owner had already corralled them.

The Cowlitz County Humane Society let the owner keep the boa constrictor and the python, which are considered less dangerous, after he agreed to get locks and stronger screens for their tanks.

But The Daily News of Longview reports that the anaconda has been transferred to a reptile handler because it's too dangerous to keep in the community. It will eventually be placed in a wildlife refuge or zoo.

Anacondas can grow to more than 25 feet long.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com