Snake Disappears On Red Line

BOSTON (CBS) – A woman said she’s “absolutely devastated” after losing her snake on the Red Line Thursday.

Melissa Moorhouse told WBZ News Radio on Friday that she got on a train downtown and was heading toward Braintree when she said she could not find her pet boa.

“She was on my neck along with my scarf,” she explained, noting that she checked her neck for “Penelope” at every stop to be safe.

Snake owner Melissa Moorhouse talks to WBZ Radio producer Jon MacLean

“Sometimes she will climb into my bag, but she did not and she was not stuck in the lining of my coat or anything like that.  I couldn’t find her anywhere,” Melissa said.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

“There’s a small chance that maybe she was left at Park Street and I was just feeling my scarf.  But I’m very positive that I lost her in, I think they said car three, between Park Street and Andrew, because I was getting off at Andrew when I realized didn’t have her.”

Melissa said “Penelope,” a Boa dumerili, is harmless.

She has posted this message on Craigslist for anyone looking for her:

she is a very mellow snake- never hisses or bites and is very timid. she is a bit under 3 feet long with a brownish, almost pinkish paisley looking pattern on her back. she is 3 years old and ive had her since she was 5 days old. if you see her, if you find her- please call me

Penelope can get into “really, really small spaces,” according to Melissa.

The train was delayed at the JFK-UMass stop for 15 minutes as people searched the car for the snake. It was not found and the train left.

snake1 Snake Disappears On Red Line

(credit: CBS)

Another lengthy search was done in Braintree and came up empty.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said they’re confident it’s safe to ride the Red Line and commuters shouldn’t worry.

Pesaturo talks to WBZ Radio’s Jon MacLean

“The trains are absolutely snake-free,” he said.  “We conducted a search and found nothing.”

  • gramps

    I’m sure the snake got off @ ‘Park Street’ & slithered up to the State House to be with his buddies…..


    • Retired

      Too funny!!

    • Framing-tham

      Laughed out loud! Perfect response.

      • john_hudsonma

        Very good!!!

    • Tatedolan


    • Rita McNamaraMoose

      He’ll never return_ and his fate is still unknown

      He will ride forever neath the streets of Boston
      He’s the snake who”ll never return :-D

    • DAVE

      Right on brother

  • Ebvette

    Name of the snake “Charlie”

  • chance smith

    you viper

  • Carl

    I have HAD it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday train!

  • James Patrick Dowd

    I guess for a “news” site to report what kind of snake it was. That might be germane to the story. If it was a common garter snake why even report it, on the other hand if it was a pit viper by all means stop the train and roll the presses.

    • KenB

      My thought, too. I kept skimming the article looking for the type of snake. Poor news judgment or editorial judgment or both.

      • Me

        It said “pet boa” in the first paragraph

      • Ashley Rescott

        It’s a BOA,

      • tina

        try reading the article and not skimming it. it was a Boa dumerili, stated in the article

      • Robert

        When they said boa I thought they meant the scarf….

    • Jane

      Ya James, let go of the tiny snake in your shorts AND READ THE ARTICLE!!

  • Sue

    new movie – snakes on a train?

  • RobH

    A reptile disfunction on the Red line

    • DCPearceMD

      Perhaps it’s the dreaded spitting
      “One-Eyed Trouser Snake”
      A Reptile Dysfunction indeed!

  • Simon Shebutz

    It’s a fanny biting snake so beware

  • LB

    Snakes – on a Train!

  • cj

    a small python, or a corn snake most likely. a large python would be too big for a bag, and no one would be dumb enough carry a pit viper in their purse. i hope she finds her snake, because although it’s a snake–it’s still her choice of pet. maybe in the future she’ll be more careful as to how she transports it.


    Meanwhile, the INVASION continues…

  • kdm

    With all of the mice along the tracks on the Red Line, I think I know where it is :-D

  • Anne

    A snake on a train? What was she thinking of? After all, why not? It is such a mess anyway! Peace!

  • David Adams

    She doesn’t really care about that snake or she would have been more responsible in the way she transported it…the thing was just a ‘fashion statement’ and she will soon find a new ‘statement’ to display as she sashays about town

  • m r

    what a moron. What happened to NO PETS on the train?

    Oh well, I guess this is another example of the destruction of society

    • CB

      Um, there is no such rule. Pets are allowed at the discretion of the driver. I often take my small dog on with me at off-peak hours. How else are we supposed to get them to the vet, groomer, etc.

      • Robert

        Maybe it was a service snake.

    • Harvey

      That’s right, CB. From the MBTA website:

      Pets on the T

      Service animals are allowed on the T at all times.

      During off-peak hours, non-service dogs are allowed at the discretion of T vehicle operators. Dogs must be properly leashed and are not allowed to annoy riders or take up a seat. For safety and convenience during rush hours, small domestic animals must be carried in lap-sized containers and out of the way of exits.

      Apparently no policy on snakes…

      • anon

        “… small domestic animals must be carried in lap-sized containers … ”

        That’s the policy. It must be in a container, which this one was not.

  • Amanda

    I hope they find the snake, I feel bad for it. Its going to be so cold.

  • John Joseph Grimes

    It’s no wonder that she didn’t want her last name used. I think that you will find that a woman who gets on a train with a pet snake is always one who has failed in her entire life to inspire any form of sympathy from men. Forget the snake, Melissa and get a life.

  • blue

    UNCOOL…pet snakes = dumb person

  • Boa

    How do you spell idiot?

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  • NatureLover

    There are plenty of mice and even some rats to eat on the red line. There is even water in places, especially after a rain. So this snake could live and be eventually recovered.

  • Dave

    What kind of idiot carries a snake like that in a public place? There is no reason for it, and it just gives the rest of us who keep reptiles responsibly a bad name. This moron doesn’t deserve to keep them.



  • Kevin

    Unbelievable……we must have stupid people to complete this world such us this snake owner.

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