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    Mother catches albino king snake with just a pair of salad tongs and a sack

    NewsReptiles and amphibiansFriday 06 September 2013
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    A mother and daughter have used a pair of salad tongs and a plastic bin bag to capture an escaped red eyed snake that they saw slithering along their garden wall.

    Bridie and Ann Denniss were enjoying a cup of tea in the kitchen when the mum looked out of the window and saw the 3ft long snake. Instead of sitting back and calling the relevant authorities, Ann went out together with a pair of tongs and a sack to go after the snake.

    It was said that the snake had started hissing, rattling its tail and even tried to bite but the pair managed to get it in the sack easily.

    They then placed it in a glass cage, originally meant for their Geckos.

    They then tried to find out the origin and after a while a member of staff from a pet shop came to collect it. The original owner has not yet been identified.

    It was identified as an California King Snake, which are common as pets but are known for their feisty temperament.

    Ann Bridie said that 'We were having a cup of tea as we do every morning and were sitting in my kitchen when I looked out of the window.

    'I could see something crawling along the wall and I told my mum it looked like a snake.

    'When she agreed we looked at each other for a second in disbelief and went outside, we thought we had better catch it because it must belong to someone.

    She went inside and came back with a sack and a pair of salad tongs and I tried to scoop it up but it fell on the floor.

    'My mum was running around saying "just grab it" but it started hissing, rattling its tail, and tried to go for my hand. Luckily I was wearing a garden glove.

    'My children were screaming every time it did something.

    'Eventually I managed to get it inside the bag and place it inside a vivarium I had at home, and we asked the neighbours if it was their pet snake.

    'It wasn’t theirs so I put it on Facebook and contacted a pet shop, and a member of staff came along and collected it.'

    The pet shop will look after the snake until the owner is found.

     

     

    Source: Daily Mail

    Photo: Al Del Barrio

     

     

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