A FAMILY in Grays had quite the fright recently when they found 3ft-long corn snake in their bathroom.
RSPCA animal collection officer and exotics officer Joe White was called to a home in Grays on Thursday (16 April).
He said: “The caller’s daughter found the snake in their bathroom and was absolutely hysterical. A lot of people find snakes very frightening so it must have been a huge shock to come across one slithering around the
“The snake was obviously quite scared by the commotion too as he slithered inside the toilet. When I arrived I had to reach around the back of the toilet and into the basin where the snake was curled up the inside of the toilet bowl.
“It was dark inside and he was laid on the uncovered concrete so probably felt like he was outside, in comparison to the clean, shiny bathroom floor!”
Joe managed to get hold of the corn snake and pull him out to check him over.
“He’s a little skinny but was feisty and that’s usually a good sign!” Joe added.
“I took him to a wildlife centres nearby where they’ll care for him until he’s strong enough to be rehomed.”
Snakes are talented escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid, so the RSPCA advises owners to ensure vivariums are kept secure (and locked if necessary) to prevent accidental escape.
The charity’s officers have been called to snakes who have been found in lots of unusual places including in a
vacuum cleaner, in an oven and in a kitchen drawer! The RSPCA collects more snakes over the summer months, and it is possible that some of these are escapees becoming more active in warmer weather.
It is also possible that this could be due to snakes having more opportunity to escape, if owners take them outside to take advantage of the natural sunlight.
It is possible to microchip snakes and the RSPCA would recommend that owners ask their exotics vet to do this when possible, so that snakes can be easily reunited if lost and found. Anyone who believes this snake may belong to them should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
The RSPCA currently has dozens of reptiles in its care looking for new but knowledgeable homes. For more information on rehoming reptiles visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet.
For more information about the care of corn snakes please visit www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/other/cornsnake.
To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep our animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.