CHILLIWACK, B.C. - Some suspects are tougher to take into custody than others, but Mounties in Chilliwack, B.C., had no trouble with one unusual arrest.

Officers were called to an area behind a home in the Fraser Valley community, about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, late last month.

They found a metre-long boa constrictor lounging in the backyard.

Cpl. Mike Rail says officers managed to corral the reptile until a company specializing in snake rescues could arrive from nearby Abbotsford.

He says there was the potential for injury to either the public or the boa, but no one was hurt.

The snake, which is believed to have escaped or was abandoned by its owners, is now safely in the care of a reptile facility.

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