December 13, 2008
Mystery of missing snakes solved
Police in Alabama say that the person who removed 22 tree boa snakes from a garden shed was simply concerned about the welfare of the reptiles.
Jacob Brooks of Prallville, Ala., filed a theft report when he returned home and found his pets missing, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. The Amazon tree boas had total value of $10,000.Police Chief Alfred Wadsworth said that no criminal charges are being considered in the case. He said that the motive for the removal was to get the snakes to a place where they would be at an appropriate temperature.
We recovered the snakes, all except one which apparently died of natural causes, said Wadsworth.
The survivors were returned to Brooks, a hobbyist who breeds the snakes and sells them online.
The tree boas, ranging in length from 2 feet to 6 feet, are constrictors and do not deliver a venomous bite.