Snake surprises elderly couple for Valentine’s Day


TRINIDAD – Valen­tine’s Day turned out to be a scary ex­pe­ri­ence for an el­der­ly cou­ple when they woke up to find a four-feet Boa Constrictor in their bed­room ceil­ing Thursday.  Robin Nages­sar, 73, and his wife Sum­intra, 61, re­mained out­side their home for about four hours un­til the snake was cap­tured by se­nior Game War­den Steve Seep­er­sad.

Re­call­ing the scary en­counter, Nages­sar said he got up around 3 am be­cause his wife had to go out.  Nages­sar said he saw the snake around 6.30 am when he was about to ap­ply med­ica­tion in his eyes.  He said he did not at­tempt to cap­ture it be­cause he was too afraid.  His wife re­called, “I was wash­ing wares when my hus­band said to come and see some­thing. When I came clos­er I saw a big snake, watch­ing. I was fright­ened. I stayed out of the house un­til about 12 o’clock when they moved it. I was too fright­ened to go back in­side.”  She sus­pect­ed that the snake crawled out of the bush­es and in­to their house dur­ing the night.

Their daugh­ter, who lives near­by with her hus­band, called the Fire Ser­vice who then con­tact­ed the game war­den.  Seep­er­sad said he found the two-year-old red tail boa, in the ceil­ing be­tween the galvanize and rafter. He de­scribed the snake as a ba­by as it usu­al­ly grows to about 12 feet long. “It is def­i­nite­ly non-ven­omous. If it were to bite you, it would feel as if you got a bite from a dog,” Seep­er­sad said.

Seep­er­sad sus­pect that the snake sought refuge in the cou­ple’s home from the bush fires. He said the snake is pro­tect­ed and any­one who kills it could face a fine of $10,000. He not­ed that the fine was in­creased from $200 to $10,000 as of Jan­u­ary 1. (Trinidad Guardian)…[+]