Gardaí are captivating for the operator of a brilliant yellow corn snake to come ahead after the reptile was uncovered in Lucan, west Dublin, yesterday.
The brightly coloured serpent is now staying cared for at the Nationwide Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Co Meath.
Kevin Cunningham is manager of the facility and informed RTÉ: “The gardaí who brought the snake in this article named it Lucan right after the suburb wherever it was uncovered.
“We never know still if it is male or woman but Lucan is becoming warmed up on a warmth pad in a vivarium at the moment and has settled in well.
“It has a several insignificant accidents but is otherwise in very good affliction.”
The sanctuary’s newest arrival will be addressed to a evening meal of defrosted frozen mice later on – “for snakes, that meal is just one of their favourites, a bit like steak and chips for individuals,” he added.
Mr Cunningham reported that due to the fact Lucan is technically misplaced home, “we will have to continue to keep him in this article for a calendar year and a working day – except if someone comes forward to assert him in the meantime”.
He reported that when people today eliminate snakes “normally they are a little bit hesitant to acknowledge it has transpired and notify their neighbours”.
The fantastic news is that corn snakes are not unsafe and are amongst the most prevalent breed of snakes kept in Ireland.
“They appear in a wide range of colours because of to breeding,” said Mr Cunningham.
Mr Cunningham spelled out that snakes who escape exterior in the course of the winter tend to curl up someplace safe and sound and heat until the temperature heats up.
“They are great escape artists – but men and women may well not like to hear that!
“They are cold blooded so when it heats up outside the house, they emerge from their hiding place to bask in the sunshine. That is why this time of year is when snakes are most possible to be uncovered.”
The Countrywide Exotic Animal Sanctuary is at the moment becoming renovated so has really couple snakes at current but at peak times, can residence as numerous as 50 or a lot more snakes.
“The smallest snake we ever had was a 5-inch infant corn snake and the most significant was an 18-foot reticulated python,” Mr Cunningham stated.
Creatures in residence there at existing contain tortoises, turtles, tarantulas, scorpions, llama, emu, meerkats, eagle owls and Japanese tanuki racoons.
The sanctuary attempts to rehome as lots of reptiles, bugs and animals as doable.
“Sadly, animal welfare laws is pretty outdated in this article – you have to have a licence for a pet dog but not a tiger,” Mr Cunningham mentioned.
“The situation is really unique in Northern Ireland and the British isles – regulations below the Perilous Wild Animals Act there imply persons have to get inspected and licensed to possess unconventional species.”
He said the most strange friends at the sanctuary in the past integrated crocodiles. “Believe it or not, but some persons do continue to keep them as animals.”
Lucan Garda station is urging the operator of Lucan the snake to get in touch with 01-6667300.