BRENTWOOD, Mo. (AP) - Around 400 students at Brentwood high and middle schools in suburban St. Louis got part of the day off Friday after a 9-foot-long boa constrictor wriggled out of her aquarium, setting off a frantic search.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a teacher alerted school officials of the escape around 10 a.m., when the 70-pound snake went missing from an enclosure in a biology class. Students were sent home a short time later.
A broken hinge on the enclosure was blamed on the escape. The snake was found beneath the floor, wrapped around pipes. The ceramic floor was ripped up to retrieve her.
A biology teacher adopted the snake years ago and kept her at school. When she retired she left the snake for the school to keep.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
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