ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Five snakes and a chameleon were stolen from the City Museum’s World Aquarium.

The museum has surveillance tape.  City Museum President Leonard Sonnenschein said  the tape showed an electrical contractor acting suspiciously. “One of the contractors had been moving around in suspicious ways and we’ve turned it over to police.” According to Sonnenschein this was the first time contractors had been left alone in the Aquarium.

Sonnenschein adds these animals were special.  “The six-foot plus, red tail albino boa has very high red coloration.”

The chameleon was also trained to eat crickets out of people’s hands.  “We got this chameleon when it was two and a half inches long, the body was about the size of a silver dollar and we raised it and now it’s over six inches long.”

Sonnenschein told KMOX News of the five snakes taken, the six-foot-long boa, will bite in self-defense, but isn’t venomous.

One of the contractors is a person of interest.


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