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Poll: Don't allow certain snakes in homes

By a 2-to-1 margin, Daily readers answered no to the question "Should people be allowed to keep large constrictor snakes, such as pythons, in their homes?"

In a two-day online poll that ended Friday, 166 readers (67.8 percent) voted no while 79 voted yes.

The poll was unscientific, and people could vote from anywhere.

"Definitely not," Gerry S. Wilfing of Prattville commented by e-mail. "In fact, I favor a national law against private citizens keeping any exotic or deadly animals as pets.

"When they lose or free the pets, or if they escape, it is the rest of society who suffers and pays for the consequences."

The poll followed the capture of an 11-foot python Tuesday by Hartselle police. A nearby resident, Kevin Self, later said the snake belongs to him and his fiancée, April Crews.

- Steve Stewart

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