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A visitor who thought boa constrictors were native to South Carolina released one in a Midlands park, according to officials.

Congaree National Park posted on its Facebook page that rangers received reports of a visitor releasing the non-venomous snake Sunday night. 

The visitor was under the impression boa constrictors already were in the park and established, neither is true, park officials said.

Congaree National Park officials added it is never appropriate or legal to release a non-native or even a native species in the park.

“Even native species that have been rehabilitated may have picked up diseases while in recovery that can decimate populations within a range, as well as doing great harm to other animals populations.” 

Anyone walking on park trails who sees the boa should report it to the park staff immediately.