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Five foot snake found in Dublin tree

Five foot snake found in Dublin tree

A 5ft long albino corn snake has been found in a tree in Ballybrack.

The snake was discovered last Friday and placed in the care of Bairbe O'Malley Veterinary Hospital in Bray, County Wicklow.

A call was put out on social media to reunite the snake with its owner but nobody has come forward to claim the unusual pet yet.

Veterinary nurse Leonie Sunderland told Newstalk that the "fabulous" 5ft albino corn snake is in "great condition" with all the signs of a healthy snake.

However, she is worried that he may have been abandoned.

"What he was doing up a tree in Ballybrack, we're not sure," she said. "Given that we haven't heard anything from any worried owner, he may also have been abandoned."

Ms Sunderland said that they're looking to set the snake up with a new owner if he is not claimed soon.

The team of vets want to match him with someone who is good with reptiles as they have a very specific set of requirements when it comes to "heat, temperature and humidity".

They warn that taking care of a corn snake is a long-term commitment.

They have a lifespan of between five and 10 years but they can even live longer when given proper care.

The corn snake is one of the most popular breed of snakes due to their docile dispositions.

They're naturally nervous and defensive but once they learn to trust their owner they can become very used to handling.

If you would like more information, contact the hospital on 01-2723857. Please note proof of ownership will be required.

Sasha Brady