Surprise visitor as baby rat snake is found in home

The baby North American rat snake discovered in a house in Hemel Hempstead.
The baby North American rat snake discovered in a house in Hemel Hempstead.

Police are trying to trace the owner of an exotic baby snake which was found by a woman in her Warners End home.

The unusual call was made on the morning of Wednesday, April 10. The woman had managed to put a box over the snake until an officer came to recover it.

The young reptile, believed to be a non-venomous North American rat snake, is currently in the care of police officers who are qualified and experienced in handling and caring for animals.

Although the species is not native to the UK, it is commonly kept as a pet.

Sgt Jamie Bartlett, who assisted in the recovery of the snake, said: “The woman who found it did the right thing – she did not panic, she secured the snake and called the police. When police arrived and we were able to capture and bag it and take it away so it could be identified.

“If anyone believes the snake to be theirs, they should contact police as soon as possible and we will make inquiries to establish whether the claim is genuine.”

The RSPCA’s Diane Roberts said: “Snakes are completely dependent upon their keepers to provide them with the correct accommodation, which must reflect their wild habitat as closely as possible. Their enclosure should be escape proof.”

If you believe this snake could be yours, call the rural operational support team on the non-emergency number 101.

If the snake is not claimed within 28 days of the original call, a new home will be found for it.