COOPER TOWNSHIP -- There’s an unusual search effort going on in a part of Montour County for a missing boa constrictor.
The snake is a pet and the owners say it went missing over the weekend.
“We took her down here to get exercise, go swimming because she loves the water,” said Zachary Latranyi.
Since Sunday, Zachary and his husband Kolby Latranyi have back to a section of River Road near Danville, desperately looking for their beloved pet Leyla.
Except Leyla isn't a missing dog or a cat, she's a red tailed boa constrictor.
“She's very passive, very friendly, but we don't, she wouldn't know what to do out here,” said Kolby.
Kolby and Zachary brought Leyla and their dog down to the banks of the Susquehanna River in Cooper Township.
After swimming a little, Zachary draped Leyla around his neck, laid down and dozed off.
“I laid back and she was around my neck, usually she doesn't leave my side at all but I'm thinking maybe because it's a new environment,” said Zachary.
“And not even five minutes later, he's like where's Leyla, we turn around and we start looking everywhere, and that's the time we lost her is about two o'clock on Sunday,” said Kolby.
The men say Leyla is fed frozen mice and doesn't know how to hunt.
They bought her a year ago from a breeder when she was a baby and has raised her as indoor pet her whole life.
Each day she remains missing, they are growing more fearful about the dangers she's up against.
“There's foxes, raccoons, and stuff like that, she's really defenseless, because she doesn't know how to fend for herself or catch live prey, if she does get hungry,” said Zachary.
The Latranyis say Leyla is about four to five feet in length with brown spots on her back.
If you may have seen Leyla, you can contact the Latranyis at 570-245-8006.