Saturday, February 5, 2011

Boa Constrictor Fails To Pay Fare On Boston Subway

Snake missing for a month found on Boston subway
Feb 04 2011 04:46PM CST

BOSTON — Transit officials say a 3-foot-long boa constrictor that slithered away from its owner on a Boston subway car a month ago has been found in an adjoining car.

A commuter spotted Penelope the snake on Thursday and alerted a train attendant at a Red Line station. Transit authority officials took the train out of service to search it. Train attendant Sharon Lynch _ a snake owner herself _ caught it.

The transportation authority claims that Penelope owes the authority slightly more than $240.00 for the one month ride, plus the costs of taking the train out of service to search for the snake.

Penelope's owner, 30-year-old Melissa Moorhouse of Allston, had traveled around with the snake around her neck but lost it between two stations Jan. 6. She's thrilled to have her pet back and says she'll pay more attention the next time she takes Penelope out in public. Melissa can't afford the snake's vacation on the train.

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