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UPDATE: Boa constrictor found on Waterloo bridge has pneumonia

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A large snake found on a Waterloo bridge is not in good shape.

The animal has pneumonia. The boa constrictor, which is six feet long, was found on the Sans Souci Bridge in Waterloo early Monday morning. Animal control took it to a science lab at UNI where biology professor Dr. Jeff Tamplin tells KWWL the snake had some internal bleeding. It's now being treated with antibiotics by animal control. Dr. Tamplin says it may not survive.

He says it was most likely a pet that's been loose for some time. He also said it's a tropical species that prefers hot weather so nighttime lows of 50 to 60 degrees would be cool enough to make it susceptible to an infection.

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The Waterloo Police Department and animal control officers had an interesting start to their Monday when they received a call about a large snake on the Sans Souci Bridge.

Officers were called to the bridge at around 2:30 a.m. Monday where they found a six-foot long boa constrictor.

The snake was taken by animal control and eventually taken to scientists at the University of Northern Iowa.

Police are still trying to figure out how the snake got on the bridge.

KWWL's Jerry Gallagher contributed to this report.

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