Snake found on Port Authority bus

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Bus passengers this morning found a snake on an eastbound route, but there was no need to call Samuel L. Jackson of "Snakes on a Plane" fame.

Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said passengers noticed a two-foot-long, red-and-yellow-striped snake while riding an outbound 86-Liberty Downtown.

The bus was pulled over at the entrance to the East Busway and its passengers transferred to another ride. There were no injuries on the bus.

The driver then continued to the Port Authority garage in East Liberty, the snake his sole passenger.

"We have an employee who's familiar with snakes and other reptiles," Mr. Ritchie said. The employee was bit on the finger while trying to remove the unwanted guest; paramedics treated him as a precaution.

Neither the driver nor the injured employee was available for an interview, and Mr. Ritchie declined to identify the Port Authority workers.

Mr. Ritchie said the snake was taken to the zoo and was most likely a passenger's pet.

Officials don't plan to charge the snake's owner if it is claimed, he said.

The zoo had no information on the snake as of late this afternoon.


Ryan Brown: rbrown@post-gazette.com


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