[17 OCT 00]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Snake Alive After
slithering pet shop escapee caused a Warwick family to have the
fright of their lives after it suddenly slid into view while they
and Natalie Wilson thought they had bought a hose for their fish
tank from PetsMart at Fletchampstead Highway,
as they were driving home in their Ford Escort the
"hose" suddenly slithered into life.
wasn’t until they got to the Galveston crossing over the A46,
near Leek Wootton that their lengthy companion made its presence
felt by slithering up the leg of David who was sitting in
the front passenger seat.
Natalie, who was driving the car, nearly crashed at the sight of the
three-foot snake, which was brown with diamond-shaped marks on it.
aged 29, said:
didn't realise but the box had a tear in it and the snake must
have got in there.
we went up the slip road I felt somehting on my leg and I
screamed. My wife thought it was because hse had gone over a
bump and I had banged my knee."
managed to stop the car and get out with their two children and
flagged down a passing police car - which turned out to be an
armed response vehicle.
that the could shoot it if need be, the
officers eventually located the snake in the engine compartment of
the car. It had wriggled through from the seating area along a
was taken to Hobday’s pet shop in Leamington, where it was
identified and taken in for safe-keeping. The snake is not
dangerous to humans.
was three feet long, but it looked like a ten foot boa
constrictor to me. We had put it in the car with the heater on
and it woke up and decided to turn up and say hello."