Cops: Woman killed by pet snake likely had reptiles illegally

Police say they believe the woman killed by one of her pet snakes earlier this week likely owned the reptiles illegally.

Authorities believe a poisonous black mamba turned on 56-year-old Aleta Stacey, who was found dead in her Putnam Lake home Tuesday night. They say that pet was just one of 56 other venomous snakes out of a total of 75 that she was keeping.

According to exotic animal specialist Christopher Cooper, who has been called in to help police, none of the slithering creatures are legal to own. He says they are very strongly regulated because of the danger they pose to the public and to their keepers.

Investigators are still waiting for an autopsy to confirm if it was the snake's venom that killed Stacey.

Woman dies of snake bite in Putnam Lake

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