Snake found wrapped around boiler

Western Mail - - NEWS -

AN ex­otic snake has been found wrapped around a boiler in a Swansea home.

David Dawes, from Bonymaen, dis­cov­ered the ser­pent – thought to be a Tai­wan beauty rat snake – in his air­ing cup­board on Tues­day.

“At about half past nine I heard a move­ment up­stairs”, he said. “I was con­cerned that it might have been a rat.

“When I opened the air­ing cup­board, I in­stead found what turned out to be a Tai­wan beauty rat snake.

“My ini­tial re­ac­tion was mostly one of con­fu­sion, but I gen­tly closed the door again be­fore call­ing animal wel­fare ex­perts.

“Their ini­tial ad­vice was to close the door and leave it be – if it had found its way in, it would prob­a­bly find its way out.

“Fol­low­ing a sec­ond call, I donned my thick­est flan­nel shirt and a pair of gardening gloves, and went in to say hello.

“Un­for­tu­nately, my new friend was awake by now, and didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing grabbed – but he quickly set­tled into a lock top box which I took down­stairs. After an un­easy night, I took him to World of Aquat­ics, and very kindly took him in.”

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