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By adamg - 9/26/20 - 10:35 pm
Milk Snake

Update: Local snake and turtle expert Andrea Howlett says this is actually a northern water snake, not a milk snake.

Mike Bresinski spotted this snake today at Brook Farm off Baker Street in West Roxbury.

By adamg - 9/5/20 - 5:53 pm

The call to Samuel L. Jackson has been canceled: The ball python that somebody spotted in Parley Vale park in Jamaica Plain yesterday is now safely at the MSPCA. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/20 - 12:05 pm
A snake in Jamaica Plain

A resident of Wyman Street in Jamaica Plain filed a 311 report about the snake in the front yard, although the report does not state if the resident is actually complaining or just posting an appreciation of its sleekness.

By adamg - 5/17/20 - 12:06 pm
Cora Carey and Venkman the corn snake

Cora Carey with the corn snake she briefly fostered. Matching dress a total coincidence, she reports.

On a quiet Friday evening, subscribers to the Keep Roslindale Quirky group on Facebook got an unusual query from Emily Wilcox Gonzalez: Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/19 - 9:29 pm

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., Newton Police reported:

Lightning the Burmese Python has been found and is back home with his family!

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller reports Lightning didn't slither far: Read more.

By adamg - 8/22/19 - 4:30 pm

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m. Newton Police report the snake is still on the lam, and urge anybody who sees it to call them directly, NOT the city animal control officer.

Ted Hess-Mahan reports: Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/19 - 12:53 pm

A worried resident files a 311 complaint about all the snakes on Lambert Street, near Highland Street: Read more.

By adamg - 9/15/18 - 1:43 pm
Copperhead snake found in Braintree after biting a man

Man-biting copperhead snake. Photo by Braintree PD.

Braintree Police report a man coming out of one of the hotels on Wood Road - between the Blue Hills Reservation and the South Shore Plaza - was bitten by a copperhead snake Thursday evening. Read more.

By adamg - 8/26/18 - 10:12 am
Boa constrictor

UPDATE: The snake has been found and is back home; Saugus is safe for teacup poodles again.

Brenda Sweetland reports her son's boa constrictor escaped somehow yesterday. It was last spotted by her mailman scrunched up next to a house on Richard Street near Dudley Street.

I need to get word to people who have small pets. Sorry for this inconvenience to anyone. Please let me know if you happen to see her.

By adamg - 6/2/18 - 5:07 pm
Water snake at Millennium Park

You never know what'll slither into the Charles River when you're just standing there, where Sawmill Brook enters the river at Millennium Park, looking at the little fish swimming by the shore. It was like 18 to 24 inches long.

By adamg - 5/9/18 - 12:50 pm
Found snake

Brookline Police report a snake found at the Lawton Playground near Allston is now in the custody of town animal control, which assumes the serpent is somebody's pet.

If you’re missing your reptile friend or know the owner, please contact Brookline Animal Control 617-730-2730, or [email protected]

By adamg - 8/7/17 - 4:34 pm

Anne Keane posts a brief video of a snake on the train. Red Line, of course, because, really, what other line would a self-respecting snake take?

By adamg - 6/29/15 - 7:51 pm
Missing snake in Brookline

Penelope, is that you?

Brookline Police ask:

Missing a snake? Found on Pond Av today, taken to Boston shelter. Believed to be someone's healthy pet

H/t Steve Annear.

By adamg - 6/24/15 - 7:02 pm
By adamg - 5/28/15 - 1:16 pm
Boa constrictor in Braintree

Loose boa. Photo by Braintree Police.


Braintree Police are warning owners of small pets in South Braintree to keep them inside until an escaped boa constrictor is recaptured. Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/15 - 8:45 pm

Kate Lockwood reports:

It's not every day you see someone get on the T carrying a live 6-foot snake. So that happened.

She says the woman had the snake around her neck and that the pair got off at Green Street. She adds the snake:

Was a kind of light brown with black spots I think. I was trying not to stare!

Has Penelope moved to JP?

By adamg - 8/5/13 - 6:42 pm

Python in the Public Garden. Photo by Stevil's wife.Python in the Public Garden. Photo by Stevil's wife.

Mike the Mad Biologist reports a guy is standing in the Public Garden this evening, trying to charge $5 to have your photo taken with his ten-foot long python yellow anaconda. Yes, it's alive. Somebody should alert the guy who owns Bobby the mini-pig - he might want to avoid the Public Garden for awhile.

Photo copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 8/1/13 - 9:43 am

EMTs responded shortly before midnight to Orton Marotta Way, where a 21-year-old man had been bitten in the right hand by a snake. EMTs, unfamiliar with snakes, were unable to identify the breed. The man complained of tingling in his hand but did not have any breathing problems, a spokesman for Boston EMS reports, adding he did not have any details on what the man was doing with the snake. Animal Control did remove the snake from the scene.

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