Snake Surprises on the Rise in New York

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Photo: NYP

Three is a trend, and this is a trend we do not like.

February, 2009: A pair of children are startled when a boa constrictor slithered out from between their couch cushions.

June, 2009: A Bronx woman finds a yellow rat snake in her living room.

August 11, 2009: A passerby "stumbles" across a four-foot boa constrictor in Harlem at 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.! We'd say that's a terrible time to come face-to-face with a boa constrictor loose in an urban setting, except that a good time is never. As we see it, there are three possible explanations for this terrible trend: (1) There's something to this global-warming thing, after all, (2) A snake charmer liberated his collection, or (3) They're coming for us. Stay alert.

POLICE: SNAKE FOUND SLITHERING DOWN HARLEM STREET [NYP]