Carol Ann Duffy's children's book The Skipping-Rope Snake appears to have given one US teenager ideas for ways to interact with animals in biology class.
A pupil at a high school in Pittsburgh decided to use a snake, meant to be part of the lesson, as a skipping rope, police told reporters.
The 17-year-old boy, who has not yet been identified due to his age, faces charges in a juvenile court for theft and cruelty to animals. Luckily the snake survived and was examined by a vet to check it was all right.
Police were not immediately able to identify its breed.
If the incident had occurred in the UK, the pupil could have faced a potential fine of up to Pounds 20,000 under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, so he would have been out of pocket as well.