Snake escapes sun by sitting inside car bonnet in Acton


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A CAR owner would have got the shock of their lives to find a snake curled up in the engine. 

As temperatures soared, one quick thinking reptile found an unusual way to escape the sun’s glare.

A four-foot corn snake was found inside the bonnet of a car in Acton, Wrexham, yesterday.

Police community support officer Simon Griffiths helped recover the overheating reptile, not before posing for a snap with the slithering animal.

And following the rescue, the snake was handed over to North Wales Raptor and Reptile Sanctuary.

Gary Dickinson, 

co-founder and manager of the sanctuary, said the snake will have a health check and be quarantined for a minimum of three months before being put up for re-homing.

He added: “I would imagine it has just crawled in there because it is a dark and enclosed space. 

“Snakes are super active in hot weather and if you have any slight weakness in your tank, it will get out and it is gone. We get loads of snakes, people just lose interest because they don’t make good pets – they’re nocturnal and they’re not very interesting. 

“After a few months, if it goes missing, people don’t even bother reporting it.”

Earlier PCSO Griffiths tweeted: “Has anybody lost a snake in the Wrexham area? 

“Snake recovered! It’s off to North Wales Reptile Rescue in Ruthin.”

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