'Absolutely petrified' woman shocked to discover 3ft snake inching down her bedroom window

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A woman was shocked to wake up from an afternoon nap to discover a three-foot-long snake attempting to gain access to her home through her bedroom window. According to the RSCPA officer tasked with its removal, the reptile was a corn snake – a breed often harmless to humans and often bred for captivity in the UK since they do not have functional venom.

The woman was asleep at her home in Basildon, Essex, when she made the discovery as the snake began inching down the window frame.

She instantly left her bedroom and called the RSPCA for advice on what to do.

RSPCA officer Enola Evan, who had only been in the role for a month, was dispatched to the address to remove the scaly trespasser.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Evan recalled: “First of all, it was important for me to find out what kind of snake it was, so I could plan how to approach the rescue. I needed to know if it was a native wild snake or an exotic pet snake. The householder sent me a photo which showed it was clearly a corn snake, a reptile that is commonly kept as a pet. 

“Corn snakes are harmless, but I still wanted to know its temperament before continuing with the rescue. Luckily, he wasn’t stressed and showed no signs of aggression, so I felt confident catching and containing him.”

The woman who found the snake was said to be “petrified” for her safety. 

The RSPCA officer continued: “To start with, the woman who found it in her bedroom was absolutely petrified for her and her family’s safety.

“She knew nothing about snakes and was concerned about what type of snake this was. Once I was on the scene, I was able to give her lots of reassurance and information about these reptiles. She was really happy once I’d found and caught him, not just because she didn’t want a snake on the loose in her house, but she had also been concerned about the snake’s own safety. She was relieved that now he was in the safe hands of the RSPCA, he would be checked and cared for properly.”

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Ms Evan added: “I also explained that if the corn snake was an escaped pet, his owner would be keen to be reunited with him, so I put up some posters locally in the hope someone would come forward. In the meantime, he will be looked after at a specialist boarding facility, and if he is unclaimed, he will be rehomed.”

The RSPCA helpline received over 1,200 reports about snakes in the last year. 

According to the charity, most of those found are pets that have managed to escape from their homes.

Ms Evan continued: “We find that many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on, which we believe may be why we are called out to deal with hundreds of animals every year who have sadly been abandoned when their owners can no longer meet their needs.

“Exotic pets such as snakes often end up in the RSPCA’s care after people realise they’re not easy to care for, or the novelty wears off. Others are rescued after being abandoned or released on purpose, which could pose a risk to our native wildlife.

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“Snakes are excellent escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid to make a break for it.

“We always urge pet snake owners to be vigilant and invest in an enclosure suitable for the particular species and make sure that enclosure is kept secure – and locked if necessary – when unattended.

“If anyone finds a snake they believe is non-native the RSPCA’s advice is to keep a safe distance, monitor the snake and call our helpline on 0300 1234 999 or a local reptile charity will also be able to help.”



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