Snake finds a new home

A SNAKE which dropped on a couple in an Ipswich park has today been given a new home after nobody has come forward to claim it.The 4ft-long rat snake was discovered late on June 9 when it jumped from a tree close to where the couple were canoodling in the arboretum in Christchurch Park.

A SNAKE which dropped on a couple in an Ipswich park has today been given a new home after nobody has come forward to claim it.

The 4ft-long rat snake was discovered late on June 9 when it jumped from a tree close to where the couple were canoodling in the arboretum in Christchurch Park.

A search ensued and when park rangers found it early on Sunday morning it was docile because of the cold conditions.

Mark Smith, who works for the Ipswich Borough Council, said: “When we found the snake it had a few scrapes and marks on it and it had lost some scales.

“But today it is like a totally different snake. He is very lively and is difficult to get hold of because it is moving so fast.

“He fed on Saturday and has since shed its skin.”

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But the mystery as to where the snake came from has deepened after the rangers had just one phone call from a possible owner.

Mr Smith, 39, said: “It was a lady who had lost a snake about two years ago but after chatting to her we discovered it was a different type of snake she lost.

“I am quite happy to look after him though and think I might even get him a partner in the future and try to breed them.

“I haven't named him as yet but once his character starts to come out some more I might.”

Sam Pollard, Ipswich Borough Council's park manager, said: “All we can think of is that someone has disowned it and put it in the park.

“Nobody has come forward and unless they are on a very long holiday and still yet to return I think it will always remain a mystery.”

Have you ever found something strange? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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