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July 29, 2002

By Mitch Kimbrell

Downtown Albany is the last place many would think snakes would show up. But this morning, a rattlesnake was lying on a sidewalk in front of Downtown Discount Music on West Broad Avenue. 

Stephen Stallworth, owner of the store, was walking with a customer when they saw the snake. The customer threw a brick at it, missed, and the snake went up into this hollow tree.

The Stallworths have been trying to get the city to cut down the tree for two years.

Albany animal control says they get five to ten calls a day from people who want snakes removed, but a call from downtown is rare.

The recent rains have brought the snakes out and are sending them to more urban areas in search of dry land.