Three-foot snake found stuck in stone wall in Congleton rescued by RSPCA


This three-foot snake had to be rescued after getting stuck in a stone wall in Congleton.

The slippery customer had sort of squirmed in a hole in a wall on Canal Street in the city.

A passer-by spotted the three-foot corn snake coming out of a stone wall along the embankment and contacted the RSPCA.

Animal Care Officer (AWO) Katie Glenn collected the reptile.

She said, “I was able to get the snake out of the wall by removing some of the small stones and using a hook to secure it and in my container.

“The poor reptile was very cold from the bad weather so I took her straight to a reptile rescue in Stoke and they slowly warmed her to room temperature as warming her too quickly might actually cause more damage.

The RSPCA rescued a corn snake that got stuck in a stone wall on a street in Congleton, Cheshire.

“She was like ice when she came to the rescue so it’s been a gradual process to warm her up safely, but she’s now quite active and doing well which is great.

“This corn snake may have been an escaped pet that then got stuck in the wall. We have searched the area but was unsuccessful so if no owner shows up then the snake will be relocated. .

Many of the snakes RSPCA officers are called upon to collect are believed to be escaped pets.

The RSPCA would always recommend that owners invest in an enclosure suitable for the species in question and that the enclosure be secured and locked if necessary when unattended.

Corn snakes are excellent escape artists and will take the opportunity of a hole in an enclosure door or loose cover.

Snakes can also be chipped, and the Animal Welfare Charity recommends that owners ask their exotic vet to do this, so snakes can be easily reunited if they are lost and found.

Like other reptiles, snakes are ectothermic, which means they depend on their environment to maintain their body temperature.

Reptiles that are not native to the UK need a heated environment with a specific temperature gradient for the species to regulate its body temperature, in order to stay healthy and allow it to conduct its normal behavior.

If a snake is too cold, it may be unable to feed or move normally, and its immune system will not work properly to fight disease, which means the animal can become very sick.

Additional corn snake care tips are available on the RSPCA website by CLICKING HERE.

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