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Pet Corn Snake Survives 8 Months On the Loose In Brooklyn, NY

A pet corn snake Pantherophis guttatus (Elaphe guttata) that survived in a Brooklyn, NY brownstone for more than 8 months was reunited with its family

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A pet corn snake Pantherophis guttatus (Elaphe guttata) that survived in a Brooklyn, NY brownstone for more than 8 months was reunited with its family after a neighbor reported the snake to police.


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The 3-foot long snake, named Flame escaped its enclosure in June, and showed up in a brownstone a few doors down on the night of February 6. According to DNAInfo, the woman who was living in the apartment, Minerva Fernandez, is terrified of snakes. The New York Police Department’s 78th precinct was called in to capture the snake.

The precinct’s commanding officer, Capt. Frank DiGiacomo took a personal interest in the case as his pet snake escaped its enclosure years ago and was never found.

The 78th precinct tweeted their find on Twitter and put up posters around the block in an effort to find the owners. On February 7, the owners showed up at the precinct with photos of Flame.

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Corn snakes are one of the most popular snakes kept as pets due in large part to their calm demeanor and ease of feeding. They grow to about 3-5 feet in length and can live well into their teens if not longer.


John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a kingsnake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata