Pensioner Carole Challis finds 4-foot king snake under table in her garden in Derby

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  • Carole Challis saw black and yellow snake when walking to greenhouse
  • Husband and neighbour captured it with garden rake and bin on its side
  • RSPCA says snake isn’t native in Britain and believes it’s an escaped pet

By
Mark Duell

09:19 EST, 2 September 2013


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13:02 EST, 2 September 2013

A 67-year-old woman had a shock when she discovered a 4ft-long snake at the end of her garden.

Carole Challis was heading down to her greenhouse in Derby when she saw the distinctive black and yellow reptile – believed to be a kingsnake – loitering under a table.

Her husband Pete and their neighbour managed to capture the snake by using a garden rake to coerce it into a bin on its side, before tipping it up and putting a heavy weight on top.

Investigation: An RSPCA inspector removes the black and yellow snake from Carole Challis's garden in Derby

Investigation: An RSPCA inspector removes the black and yellow snake from Carole Challis’s garden in Derby

'I screamed': Carole Challis was heading down to her greenhouse in Derby when she saw the distinctive black and yellow reptile - believed to be a kingsnake - loitering underneath a table

‘I screamed’: Carole Challis was heading down to her greenhouse in Derby when she saw the distinctive black and yellow reptile – believed to be a kingsnake – loitering underneath a table

Mrs Challis said: ‘I screamed so loud
I’m surprised the whole of the street didn’t hear me. He (Pete)
hates them too and didn’t believe me when I told him but then he saw it
too.’

‘Pete got hold of our
garden rake and began coercing the snake into our brown bin which was
lying on its side. Once it was inside, we tipped it up and then we put a
big weight on top so there was no chance it was going to get out.’

After
two-and-a-half hours a RSPCA officer identified the snake as not being
native to Britain and promptly boxed it to keep it safe. It is suspected
that the snake is an escaped pet.

It
is thought that the reptile is a kingsnake, which is non-poisonous but
kills its prey, which includes cats, rats and other snakes, by
constriction.

Scary moment: Mrs Challis's husband Pete and their neighbour managed to capture the snake by using a garden rake to coerce it into the bin on its side, before tipping it up and putting a heavy weight on top

Scary moment: Mrs Challis’s husband Pete and their neighbour managed to capture the snake by using a garden rake to coerce it into the bin on its side, before tipping it up and putting a heavy weight on top

The RSPCA said: ‘The snake is being kept in a reptile centre over the border in Nottingham as there was no space at either of the places tried in Derbyshire.’

‘I screamed so loud I’m surprised the whole of the street didn’t hear me’

Carole Challis

A spokesman urged gardeners not to be alarmed if they discover a snake, saying: ‘Snakes are shy animals and will normally move off quickly on approach. If you do come across a snake – don’t touch.

‘With the exception of the adder, British snakes are harmless, but it could be an escaped pet which may be venomous.

‘If you suspect the snake is an exotic pet rather than a native species, keep a safe distance and call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline 0300 1234 999 for advice.’

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Ha!! gives a new meaning to the pseudo swear word ‘Four Foot Snake’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Montelimar
,

Bourneville, United Kingdom,
02/9/2013 17:50

crazy carole’sssss at it again!

EL.
,

LDN, United Kingdom,
02/9/2013 17:41

What sort of photographer asks people to pose for these ridiculous pictures?

Trainergirl
,

Western Canada, Canada,
02/9/2013 17:31

Personally I would have chopped its head off with a big axe. There is no place for such animals in a UK garden. It had a lucky escape not to have come to my garden.

oldhenry
,

Leicester, United Kingdom,
02/9/2013 17:12

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