THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
SNAKE ON A TRAIN

Lost-and-found tale elicits outrage, terror

February 9, 2011

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I AM writing in response to the article about the pet snake found on the Red Line (“Snake on a train, bashful for weeks, slips out, is snared," Metro, Feb. 4). I’m sure I am not alone in finding this story horrifying.

Given the budget issues, not to mention the challenging weather conditions faced by the MBTA over the past few weeks, I find it appalling that scarce resources had to be devoted to looking for a snake that should never have been allowed on the train in the first place.

It may be this woman’s pet, but I would have been terrified to come face to face with this creature had it slithered out of hiding while I read my Globe on my morning commute. It’s hard enough dealing with delays and crowding on subways; we don’t need to add reptiles to the mix.

The MBTA should revise its policies to ban certain categories of so-called pets.

Sara Meyers
Belmont