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SNAKE ON A TRAIN

Slithering pet’s owner should pay more than attention

February 9, 2011

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I WAS grateful that my wife, who has an intense phobia of snakes, was not sitting in the Red Line car when a nearly 3-foot boa poked its nostrils into the seating area (“Snake on a train, bashful for weeks, slips out, is snared,’’ Metro, Feb. 4). The pet serpent had been lost on the train for almost a month after it slithered off the neck of its owner. The young woman, who was reunited with Penelope the snake, remarked: “I’ll probably pay a little bit more attention.’’ Indeed she would if handed the bill for forcing a subway car out of service and for the lost time of MBTA staff who searched for the reptile.

Thomas F. Schiavoni
Boston