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Teens slither away with two snakes

Two snakes were shoplifted from the Red Barn Pet Shop on State Road 52 on Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The snakes _ a ball python and a red rat snake _ are not poisonous, according to a snake expert.

According to sheriff officials, two teen-age boys went to the back of the store, where the snakes are kept. The clerk was in the front of the store.

The boys left after 10 or 15 minutes. The clerk then noticed that the snakes were missing, according the Sheriff's Office report. The ball python was valued at $90 and the red rat snake was valued at $25.

"Every pet shop that has reptiles carries ball pythons and red rats. They're quite common," said Terry Carpenter, who operates a snake removal service.

The ball python is a constrictor that is native to South America, Carpenter said.

The red rat snake also is aconstrictor and is native to this part of Florida, Carpenter said.

The first boy is described as white, about 14 years old, 5-feet tall and 105 pounds, with short, light-brown hair. He was wearing a T-shirt and shorts, according to the sheriff's report.

The second boy is described as white, also about 14 years old, 5-feet-2 and 100 pounds, with a blond crewcut and a tail in the back, according to the sheriff's report.

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