Forget Eve: Naughty Serpent Takes Bite Out of Big Apple

Python escapes NYC apartment; owner arrested
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2009 4:10 PM CST
Police have turned the snake over to Animal Care and Control.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – New York City police arrested the owner of a 7-foot python after he reported the snake missing at a friend’s apartment, the Daily News reports. The Queens man said he was worried the python would escape the fifth-floor residence, and cops later found it curled up in a hallway, the Post reports. David Fennell, 28, was charged with unlawful possession of a wild animal.

City law prohibits residents from keeping pet animals other than dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and the like. The building’s superintendent said he was unaware of the exotic reptile. “He wouldn’t let maintenance workers into his apartment,” he explained. Authorities turned the snake over yesterday to Animal Care and Control.