Apartment residents say their building is infested with snakes

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CHICAGO -- It wasn't the first one.

A three-foot python, found by a resident in an 2nd floor apartment in the 6500 block of South Normal, is now in the hands of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

The woman made the discovery Monday evening in her bathroom. The ball python was wrapped around her shower curtain and on top of her medicine cabinet.

The woman's grandson says he helped retrieve another, smaller snake a few weeks ago.

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A former tenant, who lived on the building's third floor, bred snakes, against the building management company's policy of no pets allowed, the grandson says.

When the former tenant moved out, neighbor Carolyn Sims says more than a dozen dead snakes were pulled from the apartment.

A search by Animal Care and Control Tuesday morning turned up no new snakes. Still, the building's management, Eastlake Management Group, says it will bring in an pest control company to search out any snakes possibly remaining.

The Chicago Herpetological Society will take possession of the ball python for its care. It says this type of snake it harmless to humans.

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