Authorities seize more than a dozen large snakes from Texas home



KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 5:27 PM

HOUSTON -- Harris County constables along with the Houston SPCA seized more than a dozen snakes at a woman’s home in The Heights on Wednesday.

Authorities took in 15 pythons and boa constrictors at the home.

Just looking at the little pink house they were living in, you would never know what was inside.

Authorities said it made for a dangerous situation, however.
“A snake is a wild animal,” said Christine Kendrick with the Harris County Constable’s Office. “And so under the right circumstances, any of them could be dangerous, especially these large ones. I believe they could be capable of killing a person.”

Boas and pythons typically eat live chickens or rabbits, but law enforcement authorities shuddered to think what might have happened if a child had wandered into the house.

The owner, they said, tried to care for them, but many of the snakes appeared malnourished.

“The animals were in bad shape,” said Alan Rosen, Harris Co. Constable. “One of them has a broken back that she has to actually put around her stomach in order for the snake to use the restroom properly.”

Zoo officials were called in as consultants for the unusual seizure, and the SPCA spent days building special cages for these long and large snakes.

“Well, these were constricting snakes, so we’re going to take them back to an undisclosed location and we’re going to look these animals over and they’re going to be properly cared for,” said Meera Nadlal with the Houston SPCA.

The woman who owned the snakes didn’t want to talk publicly. Authorities said she’s upset because she’s lost her longtime house companions.