Scores of people gathered at a section of Orange Street in Montego Bay, St James to catch a glimpse of a six-foot-long Yellow Snake. The snake was seen wrapped around a utility wire, just outside a Basic School and the St James Municipal building in the heart of the city.
The Yellow Snake is properly known as the Jamaican boa. It is benign (meaning doesn’t harm people) and is indigenous to Jamaica. Its scientific name is Chilabothus subflavus.
The discovery was made on Thursday, April 23, during the morning rush hour by people who were going to work and going about their daily business. Several people took out their cell phones to take photos of the reptile.
A young man finally took the reptile down and put it in a bag. “I called NEPA [National Environment and Planning Agency] and telling them that I catch a Yellow Snake, and I was looking a reward for my bravery, but they told me that they don’t give reward for such a deed, so I just took it home for my pet,” said the young man who was wearing a face mask.
Several people were speculating about where the snake came from and how it was able to survive in the urban environment.