Workers find Boa missing from Santa Fe reptile rescue

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Tom the Boa is alive and well.

Wednesday night, KRQE News 13 told you how the 7-foot exotic snake went missing in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

Animal Services Officer with Tom the Boa
Animal Services Officer with Tom the Boa

Tom was missing for nearly a week after the unexpected closure of a reptile rescue, which was home to about 40 exotic animals.

The reptiles included chameleons, iguanas, bearded dragons and snakes both small and large.

The reptiles were being cared for by a woman who ran a reptile rescue from her home, but the woman died and Animal Services was called to her home last Friday.

Upon arrival, they noticed Tom the Boa, was missing from his tank.

Santa Fe Animal Services said the boa was found at the home Thursday by workers who were doing maintenance.

Animal Services said they are not sure if he ever left the home, even though it had been searched.

More good news: Animal Services says someone has already offered to adopt Tom. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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