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Last Updated: Thursday August 26 2010 12:36 GMT

Missing boa constrictor snake slithers home to Essex

A boa constrictor, not actually the snake that escaped
This isn't Diego, but a snake of the same type

A two-metre-long snake which escaped from its owner's home in Essex has slithered back home again - after a month on the loose!

Diego the boa constrictor went missing on 30 July after sneaking out of the bathroom window.

Police and RSPCA inspectors took part in a big search for Diego as he can bite, and he eats small animals.

But after a month on the run, Diego turned up in his owner's garden in Wickford, much to everyone's relief!

It's thought he would have spent most of the time looking for animals to eat. Boa constrictors are normally found in parts of America and squeeze their prey to death before swallowing them whole.

His owner, Aaron Waymont, always said that Diego would return to his home when he started to get hungry.

Aaron, 22, said when he went missing: "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."