Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Runaway snake is in the bag

06:00 17 July 2014

A corn snake

A corn snake

Archant

Residents in Manor Road were given a fright last week when they spotted a brightly coloured snake slithering through gardens in the area.

Police managed to trap the runaway reptile on Wednesday (July 9) after receiving several reports of sightings over the past 10 days – but not before it had bitten an officer.

The critter was subsequently identified as a non-venomous corn snake – but had been a cause for concern for residents, who were worried it could be dangerous.

Manor Road resident Barbara Dustan-Smith said a painter working on the outside of a house in the street first spotted the snake on Tuesday last week (July 1), but it slithered into nearby bushes before he could take a picture.

“This is certainly not a native English snake, so must be someone’s pet, or an escapee from somewhere,” she said.

“People are quite worried because a few neighbours have little dogs and they are concerned in case it is dangerous.”

Following the initial sighting, the snake was seen twice on Saturday (July 5) – once in Manor Road and later in Seafield Road.

Tim Vause spotted the serpent making its way across tarmac near his home whilst out on his bike on Saturday evening.

“I nearly ran it over,” said the Seafield Road resident. “It went straight in front of me and came to a stop in some leaves by the side of the road.”

Police attended a further report in Cotmaton Road at 4.30pm on Wednesday.

PCSO Phil Thomas said that the snake had made its way into the garden of a residential home in Cottington Mead, where officers managed to get it in to a bag.

He said: “One of the officers was bitten on the forearm, and taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital as a precautionary measure in case the animal had tetanus.”

The snake was described as being around a metre long, with red, black and orange hoops on its body.

PCSO Thomas said that the snake was collected and identified by the owners of Exeter Exotics, who are hoping to reunite the animal with its owner.

The reptile retailer in the city centre can be contacted on 01392 213480 or through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exeter-Exotics/196956636982982?fref=ts

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

47 minutes ago

Onlookers feared the worst when they spotted what looked like a man and boy ‘scratching away’ at rocks under Sidmouths unstable cliffs - near the debris of a recent landslide.

Read more
11:45

Labourer Robert Trott was not wearing seatbelt prior to fatal collision

Read more

A charity worker from Sidmouth is calling on anyone with a sweet tooth to resist their urges for 40 days to support African agriculture.

Read more

Seaton and Beer RNLI district branch kicked off its golden anniversary by raising more than £500.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:46

Date for this year’s event revealed as organisers promise to serve up a fun-filled platter of demonstrations, local produce and children’s activities

Read more
Yesterday, 11:27

A dinner held in memory of one of Branscombe’s ‘big characters’ has raised £520 for the British Heart Foundation.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:26

Sir Hugo Swire’s Sidmouth Herald column on why his party loyalty is being tested

Read more
Tue, 18:00

With NASA set to present new findings on exoplants, we’re asking the people of Devon if they believe there is life out there. Take part in our poll here.

Read more
Tue, 17:40

Restoration crews have discovered an ancient peacock drawing on timbers at The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter

Read more
Tue, 16:00

The independent consultants tasked with helping Port Royal fulfil its potential have held their first meeting with town and district councillors.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications