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Runaway corn snake rehomed after narrowly avoiding 'disposal order'

The snake has been in police custody since August 24
The runaway corn snake

The runaway corn snake

Paul Higgins

A runaway snake rescued by the police had been successfully rehomed.

Following an appeal during a brief but “unusual” application at Craigavon Magistrates Court earlier this week, a police spokesperson said they had received multiple enquires about the corn snake and were “delighted that it is now with its new owners.”

Describing it was a “somewhat unusual application”, a lawyer for the PSNI told the court on Wednesday she was seeking a disposal order for a runaway corn snake.

Ms. Severina Kelly said the snake has been in police custody since it was scooped on 24 August when it was discovered “sitting on a driveway with no explanation where it had come from”, adding that despite police appeals, no owner had come forward.

She told Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers that with no one coming forward to offer a home for the snake one option, sadly, would be “humane euthanasia".

Taking its name from corn fields which attract mice and then these mouse predators, the corn snake makes an excellent pet snake. It is generally docile, relatively easy to care for, does not get very large and is a great choice, especially for beginner snake owners.

Initially, when DJ Ievers granted the application, Ms Kelly urged anyone who would be able to offer the snake a home to contact “the wildlife department at PSNI HQ".

In a statement released today, a PSNI spokesperson said: “Police in Craigavon would like to thank the public for their assistance and many offers to rehome the snake and are delighted that it is now with its new owners.”

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