The T’s pet policy does not expressly prohibit snakes, though it allows them and other non-service pets only at off-peak hours. Dogs are supposed to be well-behaved and properly leashed, while small domestic animals must be carried in lap-size containers and kept out of the way of exits, according to T policy.
Moorhouse said she usually totes Penelope in a plush pouch — “almost like a pillowcase that is tight on top” — but instead hugged the snake close to her skin that day to keep her warm in frigid weather. She did not immediately notice when Penelope slithered away.
“I specifically sat away from everybody else, and I concealed her, because I really didn’t want to make anybody unnecessarily uncomfortable,” she said. Subsequently, she has kept Penelope in the tote while riding the T."