A boa constrictor snake was discovered last night outside a residence in Sandys.

A police spokesman said the report of a juvenile snake came in at 6pm.

The constrictor was “destroyed by a concerned citizen”, he added.

Importing snakes to the island or keeping them as pets is illegal, but boa constrictors, which are kept in captivity in many parts of the world, have been found on the island before.

A resident caught with one prompted a government warning in 2001.

The non venomous snakes present a serious environmental hazard.

Boa constrictors are found in tropical habitats in Central America and northern South America, Southern Florida and some islands in the Caribbean.

Boa constrictors are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species treaty.