RSPCA Called To Collect 'Snake'

The RSPCA have been called out to collect an 18-inch-long snake from the garden of someone in St Albans, which turned out to be a rubber toy.

The charity received a call on Tuesday 10 July 2012 from a concerned member of the public who had found a “snake” in his garden.

The caller described the snake as having no visible wounds but told the RSPCA he did not want to get close to it to check if it was dead and had instead confined it under a plant pot.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Kate Wright was tasked to attend the incident and on lifting the plant pot up immediately realised she was dealing with a rubber toy.

She said: "The caller was genuinely quite frightened of snakes so understandably had not got very close to it. He was of course a little surprised, but I guess relieved as well, when I explained it was a rubber toy.

"He had only moved to the property recently, and therefore the chances are the rubber snake had been left behind by the previous occupants. However I was happy to attend and I’m glad that all ended safe and well. The ‘snake’ has now been rehomed with my nephew – so it is a happy ending all round."

The RSPCA say on a serious note, they've received a number of calls recently in the Hertfordshire area regarding pet snakes being found.

In the last week alone Kate Wright has collected three corn snakes; one from Watford, another from Hatfield and a third from Berkhamsted.

Corn snakes can be described as good escape artists and some of the recent warm weather may have led to the sudden increase in calls to the RSPCA, but there is also a concern that some could have been abandoned by their owners.

Police generic Third Person Charged With Stevenage Murder

Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, investigating the murder of a man in Stevenage on Thursday, April 21, have charged a third person with murder.

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Matt Wilkinson

6am - 10am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Matt Wilkinson

On TV: More Music Variety Morning

6am - 8am

Watch heart TV

  • Rufus , Chaka Khan Ain't Nobody <Edit>



  • Amy Winehouse Rehab



  • Katy Perry I Kissed A Girl



  • Heart All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You



sky, the five What To Watch With Sky

Discover more about Sky's great new shows including The Five - plus your chance to win a great Sky package

Heart VIP


Spring Weather Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter