2 dead, venomous snakes found in package at Pa. post office

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Federal authorities are investigating after two venomous snakes were found in a package at a western Pennsylvania post office earlier this month.

The Beaver County Times reports that the box shipped from the Philippines to the Beaver County post office was declared as containing T-shirts.

Capt. Thomas Christ of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said a waterways conservation officer opened the box and found the bodies of two deadly pit vipers.

He said additional snakes were found at the home of the person to which the box was addressed. Christ could not say what the person intended to do with the snakes if they had arrived alive.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities are investigating.