Exotic snake surprises Howick couple

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The American corn snake that surprised a Howick couple at the weekend.
The American corn snake that surprised a Howick couple at the weekend.

A Howick man and his wife got a fright when they found a snake with mustard blotches on its body in their living room on Saturday night.

It turns out it is a harmless corn snake — a North American species of rat snake.

Simon Haw, who lives in St John’s Village, said that he and his wife walked to a friend’s house for supper and when they returned home at about 9 pm, his wife saw the snake.

It was curled up, sticking out from underneath the curtain in the living room.

“We couldn’t recognise it. We phoned around and then caught it in a plastic box,” he said.

Haw added that they feared it was poisonous and posted a picture of it on his Facebook page asking if anyone knew what it was.

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On Sunday, the complex security guard came and identified it as a corn snake.

“We don’t know where it came from. They are actually valued in the United States because they stay near grain stores and eat rats and mice,” he said.

Haw said he contacted a local snake expert who has taken the snake and assured him that he would not release it into the wild.

“He will probably give it to his nephew,” he said.

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