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PLEASE TURN ON YOUR "CC" CLOSED CAPTIONS FOR TRANSLATIONS -- In the Amazon, many different types snakes come out of the jungle and invade the city. But the one that gets into people's houses the most, is the Boa Constrictor.

Hi guys bill here - Boa constrictors are a common snake in many parts of central and south America. They can grow up to 10 feet and weigh up to 60 pounds.

They kill by constriction - literally squeezing the breath out of their prey. Their jaws are lined with small hooked teeth that are designed for grabbing and holding prey.

Boa's are not considered life threatening to human's, but they have a nasty bite that can leave teeth in your skin.

It's definitely not something you want to discover on the ceiling of your bedroom. But that's exactly happened to Micaela Bandera.

Micaela: I was in bed listening to my music when I felt some small pebbles from the roof..

Micaela went to her mother Anna- who discovered it was a large snake and alerted the BPA - a military unit that captures wild animals in cities and towns across Brazil and returns them to the wild....

LT GILMAR : I got a call about a snake on the ceiling...

Lt Gilmar finds the snake occupying a small space between the wall and the ceiling.

With the help of the homeowner, they make a catch pole with snare on the end of it.

When the snake refuses to give up it's perch, Lt Gilmar decides they should back off because he doesn't want to hurt the snake...

After trying a two man approach that also fails, they bring in a ladder.

While Lt. Gilmar's fellow soldier Corporal Eleres climb up on one side of the wall... Gilmar climbs up on Micaela's bed on the other side of the wall...

It takes some effort, but Lt. Gilmar finally gets the snake by the head...

With the help of CB √Čleres on the other side pushing the body of the snake toward Gilmar, the snake finally gives up...

Out in front they stretch the snake out to see how long it is... It's big, but not dangerous

GILMAR: Many people keep them around to eat rodents and stuff...

Some people may like to keep wild Boas around to kill off other pests, but keeping a Wild Snake in your home is against the law in Brazil...

GILMAR: We don't recommend people try to catch them because they don't know what they are looking at.... it can smell fear .. Now those people will be able to sleep better...

The snake is taken back to BPA base camp where it will be examined by staff Veterinarian, Andrea

ANDREA: The most important part of my job is to determine which animals can be released and which ones can be returned to the wild.

In this case, the Boa Constrictor was determined to be healthy and released in a jungle outside of town...

BILL: OK - Now it's your turn... If you live in a place where a boa constrictor roaming free could help you keep rats and other rodents from your home, would you do it? Let me know what you think in the comment section below...

Now here is what is coming up next on Animal Soldiers.

A family of settlers cuts down a tree with a parrot's nest in it.
The BPA is called in to rescue the baby chicks from the nest and find a place that will care for them before it is too late...

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