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SNAKE LOVER CAN KEEP HIS PETS IN APARTMENT

A snake lover who shares his one-bedroom apartment with 16 boa constrictors and pythons can keep his reptilian roommates despite a law prohibiting pets deemed "uncommon," a judge says.

Macomb County Circuit Judge Raymond Cashen ruled that an ordinance banning such rare pets as snakes was vague and constitutionally unenforceable, and said Eric Larson's snakes are timid, harmless creatures."They represent no threat to man or beast," Cashen said. "Dogs, as pets, present greater difficulties than constrictors do."