Snake reunited with owner after five months

The Scottish SPCA was called out to a concerned member of the public after they discovered a snake in the rental van they were driving in Aberdeenshire.

We received the call after the corn snake was spotted slithering about on the front seat of the van.Aberdeen Snake

Animal Rescue Officer Kyle McWhirr said, “Obviously finding a snake in a van can be a bit disturbing – but it’s not uncommon to find snakes in unusual places!

“Snakes are notorious escape artists. They’re very clever and can figure out how to manipulate locks so owners have to be careful to ensure their vivarium’s are secure.

“Unfortunately we were unable to locate the snake on site, even with the help of an engineer. The van was then towed to our Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre here in Drumoak where we have been trying to lure her out.

“This story thankfully has a happy ending. Mushu, the corn snake, made an appearance this afternoon after living in a van for five months.”

Mushu’s owner Gavin said, “We had been in the process to moving to Glasgow back in June when she went missing. When we couldn’t find her we stripped the van and put it back together about three times, left bait and water to try and get her to come out.

“After about six days and no sign we just assumed she had escaped from the van altogether.

“It was such a shock to find out she had been spotted in the van and we can’t wait to get her back home.”

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.