Rare albino corn snake found on M3 in Hampshire

Daily Echo: The albino corn snake found by the M3 The albino corn snake found by the M3

THIS slithering snake was certainly not where it was supposed to be.

Mystery surrounds how the colourful non-native corn snake found its way on to the busy M3 at junction 13 - not far from Eastleigh's Premier Inn hotel.

The reptile was spotted wriggling along the verge by maintenance teams from EM Highway Services, who look after 1,200km of roads in the south.

Often kept as a pet, the albino corn snake is not venomous and is likely to have escaped a home or been abandoned.

EM Highway Services environmental manager Ricky Taylor, said: “Operatives were performing routine maintenance when they noticed some movement on the verge.

“They investigated it and found a non-native snake. They managed to capture and keep it safe until an EM ecologist arrived to identify it and arrange for its removal.

“This is one lucky snake as I'm sure it wouldn't have survived long in the current temperature.

“My assumption is that it's someone's pet from the local area. We have asked a reptile group to look after it, as it shouldn't be outside at this time of year. Hopefully it will be ok.”

Anyone who believes the snake belongs to them should call Mr Taylor on 01962 892371.

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9:24am Fri 20 Dec 13

apm1954 says...

well done operatives
well done operatives apm1954

9:47am Fri 20 Dec 13

hulla baloo says...

apm1954 wrote:
well done operatives
Seems people can save a snake but Health and safety 'rules' do not allow services to enter water to save a drowning person, as recently reported.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: well done operatives[/p][/quote]Seems people can save a snake but Health and safety 'rules' do not allow services to enter water to save a drowning person, as recently reported. hulla baloo

10:14am Fri 20 Dec 13

Rising_Son says...

hulla baloo wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
well done operatives
Seems people can save a snake but Health and safety 'rules' do not allow services to enter water to save a drowning person, as recently reported.
It's probably easier to blame Health and Safety than it is to get into cold water and try to save someone. It has the added bonus that people will readily believe it.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: well done operatives[/p][/quote]Seems people can save a snake but Health and safety 'rules' do not allow services to enter water to save a drowning person, as recently reported.[/p][/quote]It's probably easier to blame Health and Safety than it is to get into cold water and try to save someone. It has the added bonus that people will readily believe it. Rising_Son

10:54am Fri 20 Dec 13

derek james says...

it may be rare in the wild in UK, but there's plenty in reptile shops
it may be rare in the wild in UK, but there's plenty in reptile shops derek james

12:15pm Fri 20 Dec 13

BikerNick says...

How did it get on the ASPhalt, brushed off by somebody's window Vipers probably.
How did it get on the ASPhalt, brushed off by somebody's window Vipers probably. BikerNick

11:52pm Sat 21 Dec 13

sparkster says...

That's one lucky snake, i hope it will be ok
That's one lucky snake, i hope it will be ok sparkster

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