Officials are investigating after someone killed the pet snake at the Huntington Branch Library in Shelton by dumping cleaner into her cage.
According to library officials, an unknown person poured a heavy-duty cleaning solvent on Peaches, which is the library's pet snake.
"We found the container next to the tank and you could smell the chemicals out of the tank," said library director Shawn Fields. "And she did have chemical burns, so there's no question what happened."
Five days later, the serpent died.
"Please help us remember our special friend fondly," officials from the Huntington Branch Library wrote on their Facebook page. "She was our resident diva, and an excellent serpentine ambassador."
Police told Eyewitness News they are looking into the incident.
Peaches the snake was also known as Peaches and Cream because she is a creamsicle corn snake.
The children loved her because she made going to the library exciting.
"It was a big attraction, definitely a big attraction," said parent Kerry Fulton of Shelton.
Peaches was even on Youtube and she had lots of viewers because she was well loved, library officials said.
Her death has been tough on her little friends.
"It's been an endless parade of crying children, very upset children," Fields said.
The tank where Peaches used to live is now a makeshift memorial with cards being left by library visitors.
"It's very surprising, just awful," Fulton said.
The library right now has no plans to replace the snake.
Plus, they said they'd never be able to replace Peaches and they want to give all of the children a chance to say goodbye.
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