June 3, 2009
4-foot snake found in New York home
New York police said they are trying to determine the origins of a yellow rat snake discovered by a 7-year-old in his family's home.
Maria Dominguez said the 4-foot snake was first spotted by her son, Hugo Rodriguez, while it was coiled under the family's living room table, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Police captured the snake using brooms and crates.
The snake was turned over to Animal Care and Control, which identified it as a nonvenomous species native to the southwestern United States.
Investigators said they are trying to determine whether the snake was a pet that escaped or was set free.