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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on May 02, 2002 at 12:01:32:
EASTERN DAILY PRESS (Norfolk, UK) 02 May 02 Snake found in bins (Rowan Entwistle)
A man who found a 7 foot snake when he put out the rubbish, told last night of his fight with the angry reptile.
Barrie Plummer, from Marine Parade in Yarmouth, managed to put the boa constrictor in a box after he found it in the outside bin-cupboard of his mother's home in Ordnance Road on Tuesday evening.
He then took it to the police station and a vet was called to deal with it.
Mr Plummer, 30, said the snake was obviously angry and upset as it tried to bite him several times.
"I was shocked at first when I saw it - it wasn't what I was expecting.
"All I wanted to do was get it in the box because lots of children play in that area. I picked it up by the back of its neck.
"I did not know what it was but it wasn't happy at all," he said.
Staff at Haven Veterinary Surgeons in Yarmouth nicknamed the snake Penelope Pitstop because it was first thought to be a female python.
It has since been identified as a male boa constrictor, thought to be about three years old and in excellent condition.
Boa constrictors, which are normally 6-10ft long, with cream and brown oval and diamond markings, are not poisonous but can be very dangerous.
Alison Joy from the RSPCA said that boas did not make good pets and for public safety, as well as animal welfare, they should be added to the dangerous wild animal list, with owners requiring licences to look after them.
'Penelope' is currently being housed by a reptile expert in the area.
It is not known how the snake got into the bin-cupboard or how long it had been there but there are no current reports of missing snakes on police files.
Anyone with information should contact police in Yarmouth via 01953 424242 or the RSPCA on 08705 555 999.
PRESS ASSOCIATION (London, UK) 02 May 02 Man finds 7ft snake in bin
A man from Yarmouth found a 7ft boa constrictor in the bin when he was putting the rubbish out.
Barrie Plummer grappled with the snake which tried to bite him several times.
He managed to contain the snake before taking it to the police station.
A vet was called and the snake is currently being kept with a reptile expert in the area.
Mr Plummer, 30, told the Eastern Daily Press: "I was shocked at first when I saw it - it wasn't what I was expecting.
"All I wanted to do was get it in the box because lots of children play in that area. I picked it up by the back of its neck. I did not know what it was but it wasn't happy at all."
The snake has been identified as a male boa constrictor, thought to be about three years old and in excellent condition.
Alison Joy from the RSPCA says boas do not make good pets.
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