PA. Man Brought His Boa…Yes Snake, On Bus…And Of Course It Got Loose

SEPTA bus, snake gets loose

*I mean, c’mon. It would make too much sense for a person bringing a darn snake on a city bus to just ride along without incident, get to his destination, and get off with the snake.

Without drama?

And without any relationship to reality, either. Because that’s not how it happened.

According to officials, a 4-foot-long boa constrictor got loose on a Philadelphia bus, and the bus had to be evacuated!

The snake’s owner, 26-year-old Koron Riley, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he had sneaked the snake on the bus by draping it around his shoulders and hiding it under his jacket.

Fool must’ve gone into a deep nod or something. He didn’t feel that thing leaving from around his shoulders? I once let an 8-foot boa constrictor sit on my shoulders, and I felt it when it moved.  

As it turns out, the snake wanted a space of its own, and had coiled itself under a separate seat. It took a SEPTA mechanic to dismantle the seat, so that a transit police officer could retrieve the snake and return it to Riley.


snake gets loose on bus in philly
What… Where did everybody go? Are you looking for me?

Wow! That was awfully nice of them. Don’t you think?

They are probably still scratching their heads though, wondering if they should file charges. As of this writing, no charges have been filed.

SEPTA policy does allow riders to travel with service animals and small contained pets.

Come to think of it, I wonder what happened to “Dylan” – my snake friend. Last I heard he had bit the hand that fed him.

Look at some of the comments about the incident below. You might be surprised. Some folks actually got mad at the “victims.”

Your thoughts?


  • What is it with these idiot snake owners. Seems every other day I hear about a snake getting loose. This man should be charged with reckless endangerment, and bringing a prohibited animal aboard public transportation.

  • Samuel L Jackson could not be reached for comment. (But, we kind of know what he would have said, don’t we?)

  • Evacuate over a 4 ft. boa? What a bunch of hysterical morons. Don’t personally own or care for snakes but not afraid of them either.

  • Philadelphia ? Why did they evacuate the bus? I would think they are used to riding with snakes of all kinds.

  • The only transportation I’ve ever evacuated was an elevator! To the man who said, “Oh God!” as the doors closed him in, I apologize.

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