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The MBTA has been snake-free since Penelope, a nearly 3-foot boa who slipped away from her owner, was famously corralled early last year. And T officials intend to keep it that way. The MBTA on Monday rejected a request from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to “affix removable but realistic rubber snakes to the poles and straps’’ of subway cars for a campaign against the use of snakeskin. The state’s chief transportation safety officer warned that the poles and straps must be kept clear, in case of emergency.

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