Friday, June 18, 2004

ANIMAL WORLD: Snakes — In D.C., They're the New Pit Bull

The most interesting (and morbidly depressing) Washington Post Animal Report items involve pit bulls. And while this week's Animal Watch has some attention-grabbing items involving the aggressive dog (including a Fourth Street Southeast pit bull that had boiling water poured on it), this week is dominated by snakes. No, the Northern Snakehead has not crawled out of the Potomac. In fact, pythons and boas are on the loose, apparently.

From The Washington Post's Animal Watch:
CRITTENDEN ST. NW, 1200 block, June 8. A woman phoned Animal Control after looking out her living room window and seeing a snake staring at her. An officer found a six-foot boa constrictor lying on the ground under the window with its head resting on the sill. The officer took the snake to the D.C. shelter, where it was held as a stray.

THIRD ST. NW, 500 block, June 3. A motorist found a stray python on New York Avenue NW, put the snake in his car trunk and drove to his place of employment. He called Animal Control, asking that the snake be removed from his car. An officer took the snake to the D.C. shelter; it was transferred to a reptile rescue group.

... Also, a rare hybrid tutle has been discovered at a home on 47th Place Northeast. It is "part red-eared slider and part map turtle," according to the Post.


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