Mistaken snake safe at Drumoak

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A pair of Scots removal men got a slithery shock after they mistook a live snake for a LOOM BAND.

The men were shifting a sofa and thought they had discovered one of the popular bracelets stuck between the cushions. However, on taking a closer look, they received a shock after realising the 11 inch (30cm) ‘band’ was a colourful baby cornsnake.

One of the workers quickly stashed the serpent in his lunchbox, before officers from the Scottish SPCA arrived on the scene.

Animal welfare chiefs on were alerted on Thursday after the reptile was spotted outside a home at Greenburn Terrace in the Bucksburn area of Aberdeen.

The snake is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak, where he has been nicknamed Mac.

Animal Rescue Officer Kim Butrym said: “Mac was discovered by two waste removal men who were loading an old sofa onto their van.

“Mac had slithered his way between the cushions and the men actually thought he was a loom band before he started moving.

“They were a bit surprised to find him and one of them kindly used their lunchbox to contain him until I got there. “Snakes are great escape artists and Mac is so small he could have easily have gotten into some tight spaces.

“Mac is good to handle and it’s possible someone is missing him. If no one comes forward for Mac we’ll find him a suitable new home.”

The corn snake is a North American species of rat snake that subdues its small prey by constriction. Corn snakes are found throughout the southeastern and central United States. Their docile nature, reluctance to bite, moderate adult size between 3.9 and 6.0 ft (1.2 and 1.8 m), attractive pattern, and comparatively simple care make them popular pet snakes.

Anyone who recognises Mac is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA’s Drumoak centre on 03000 999 999.