Italian Tax police on Friday found snakes guarding the accounts of a northern Italian company they had come to inspect. (ANSA)
Boa constrictors and a python were among the reptiles
watching over a "parallel" set of books in the storehouse of a
metal-working company near the city of Belluno.
"There were splendid examples of empire boa constrictors,
some of them about three metres long, a royal python and another
10 reptiles" in glass cases placed on top of the allegedly
falsified accounts, police said. Forest Rangers and a snake expert were called out from Belluno to
remove the snakes so that the tax police could get at the books and
carry out their inspection.