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SteveF
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Joined: 28 Oct 2010
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Posted: 28 Oct 2010

My Girlfiend came home from work today to find a snake in her hallway.

It then slid away and under the floorboards, through a hole behind the WC.

Can anyone identify it?It was approx 1 metre long!

 


Paul Ford
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Posted: 29 Oct 2010

Have you got a bigger photo?

Certain its not an adder - did it have any yellow or cream markings around its neck?

 


Mark_b
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Posted: 29 Oct 2010

That isn't a native snake, its not a grass snake or adder.

It is 100% a corn snake, not venomous but it could bite.

Call the RSPCA to come and collect it.

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GemmaJF
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Posted: 29 Oct 2010
Hi Steve,

It's someones pet snake.

Ask around your neighbours and see if anyone is missing one!

In nearly all cases of escaped corn snakes I've been involved in it turned out the owner was just a couple of houses away.

The RSPCA don't always provide a lot of help, so if the situation isn't yet resolved try the neighbours and if you find the owner see if they can come and collect it. I would consider it totally harmless.
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dave fixx
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Posted: 29 Oct 2010
Hi Steve,I lost one 15yrs ago in North Wales ,it answered to the name Dexy after the group doesnt look like him but its been a long time.Seriously though thats not what you would expect in your hallway and I hope your girlfriend is ok.
  I have had many corn snakes and have never ever had one even strike at me ,generally they are very placid animals and  I would agree 100% with Gemmas advice.

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SteveF
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Posted: 01 Nov 2010

Thank you Guys!!!....Problem solved.

It was a neighbours snake...Now caught and back where it should be!

Thanks for all the advice!....At least she can sleep soundly now!!

Steve.


GemmaJF
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Posted: 10 Nov 2010
Best result all round well done Steve.

Those dealing with these issues take note, too many pet corn snakes end up for 're-housing' when the owner was probably less than 100ft away from the snake. Owners take note that corn snakes are notorious escape artists and may fall prey to local cats if they get out of the house into a neighbours garden...

What seems to happen is that the snakes escape, get hungry and see houses as a place where they are fed so enter them. I've heard of cases where people have had them at their back doors trying to get in every time they go out into the garden

Must admit though it would still have made me jump to see a snake I was not expecting in the house so well done to all involved for dealing with the situation calmly.

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Robert V
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Posted: 14 Nov 2010

Gemma,

my daughter has a sun bed shop and one day last year a young Grass Snake slid in through the back door and into one of the cubicles. You can imagine what happened when the customer saw it!!!!

I suppose they are just looking for that little bit of extra warmth!

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