Shocked landlord finds 4ft snake at property


A landlord was left stunned after he discovered a 4ft snake curled up behind an electric fire at a property he owns.

The desert kingsnake, thought to be an escaped pet, was discovered after tenants had moved out of the home in St Helens, Merseyside.

The landlord was doing the property up when he came across the snake. It was one of three found in the wider area by the RSPCA over five days.

According to the RSPCA, a rat snake was also found in St Helens chilling on a resident’s fridge and a royal python was found in Knutsford.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said he was surprised at the size of the desert kingsnake, which was found on 2 July, leaving the landlord “gobsmacked”.

He said it was a more unusual species for him to come across it is more commonly found in parts of America and Mexico.

He commented: “I am not sure how it managed to get behind the fire but snakes are adept at squeezing through gaps.

“The fact it is in such good condition makes me suspect it is a pet that has escaped.”

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