Fugitive snake returns after weeks
A 6ft boa constrictor made its way back home after escaping and spending almost a month on the slither.
Diego the snake made his bid for freedom on July 30 after disappearing through the bathroom window of a home in Barnfield, Wickford, Essex.
Specialist search officers failed to find the slippery character and the public were warned not to approach the "potentially dangerous" creature.
But having grown bored of what Essex had to offer in terms of wildlife, Diego was found on Tuesday in the garden of his owner's house, police said.
It is thought he may have spent his days of freedom hunting for prey.
Speaking after the snake escaped, owner and reptile specialist Aaron Waymont, 22, said: "I've kept a lot of animals in my time, but I've never had one go missing before.
"He broke his glass and found his way out."
More commonly found in South and Central America, boa constrictors squeeze their prey to death before swallowing them whole.
They usually feed on small rodents and lizards.