GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A venomous snake that may have slithered
out of its enclosure at a Galveston aquarium last month is missing
And this time police believe someone has stolen it.
The venomous snake exhibit reopened yesterday at Moody Gardens,
a day after aquarium officials shut it down to search for a missing
10-inch African bush viper. The viper was last seen in its
enclosure at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It was discovered missing around
8:30 a.m. Friday when the cage was checked.
The same snake disappeared from its enclosure for two days last
month until workers found it hiding atop a metal screen that seals
the top of the enclosure. At the time, Moody Gardens officials
thought the snake had escaped on its own but could not explain how
it left its enclosure and climbed on top of the screen.
Moody Gardens officials called police this time because the
fastener holding the padlock to the snake exhibit appeared to have
been tampered with and damaged. Galveston Police Detective Michelle
Sollenberger confirmed that police were investigating the snake's
Moody Gardens staffers have taken X-rays of three 6-foot-long
Gaboon vipers that share the exhibit with the missing viper to make
sure it was not eaten.
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