Exotic venomous snake found in delivery at Ransomes Europark
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Warehouse workers had a shock when an exotic venomous snake unexpectedly slithered out to greet them.
They found the three-foot long mangrove snake inside a crate of Malaysian timber while unloading a delivery at Ransomes Europark, Central Avenue, last Friday.
The black and yellow-striped snake is described as “mildly venomous”, and while not deadly could cause serious swelling to a human if bitten.
It is thought it had travelled 6,000 miles around globe to arrive in Ipswich.
Jon Biscoe, 62, was supervising the delivery when he came across the unusual stowaway.
Mr Biscoe said: “It was a bit of a surprise seeing this colourful chap just sitting there – it was very obvious he was too exotic to come from anywhere nearby.
“We called the RSPCA for help.
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“It is not the first time something like this has happened – we’ve had dangerous spiders, and even a cat before – so I knew to just contain him and keep away.”
The snake’s usual prey consists of birds, frogs, fish and small mammals.
Jason Finch, an RSPCA inspector, said: “This rear-fanged snake is typically found in Asia so must have hitched a ride all the 6,000 or so miles from Malaysia.
“He must have been in that crate for more than six weeks, with no access to food or water, so was very dehydrated and thin. He is now doing well though, in specialist RSPCA care.
“He’s a stunning animal, really beautiful, you don’t get animal collections like this every day. It really made my week when I saw him.”
The snake will now be re-homed to an appropriate owner with experience of the species.
RSPCA advice for anyone who spots a stray exotic snake is to keep a safe distance, monitor the animal and call the helpline on 0300 1234 999.
No attempt should be made to pick up a snake unless absolutely certain it has been correctly identified and that it is not venomous.