Woman dies of snake bite in Putnam Lake

A Putnam Lake woman has been killed by a poisonous black mamba snake that she kept as a pet.Putnam County sheriff's deputies found the body of Aleta Stacey, 56, at her home.

Police were called to the scene by Stacey's boyfriend, Vito Caputo, 46, just after 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Inside the home, police found upwards of 75 snakes, many of them venomous.

They were kept in glass aquariums and acrylic pens.

Investigators further examined Stacey's body and observed what they believe are possible snake bite wounds on one of her forearms.

Police say they don't suspect foul play in the case and are waiting for toxicology tests to determine an exact cause of death.

The sheriff's office says that every snake in that house has been accounted for and has been removed to the Bronx Zoo.

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