Escaped corn snake is startling sight in Westbury

Escaped corn snake is startling sight in Westbury

The corn snake spotted in Westbury. Picture by Anthony Sadler

The corn snake spotted in Westbury. Picture by Anthony Sadler

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A metre-long white snake with red eyes was spotted on the front drive of a house in Chalford, Westbury, by retired headteacher Anthony Sadler.

Mr Sadley, 71, the former head of St George’s Primary School, Warminster, said: “I did not know if it was real or whether it had been put there. 

"I phoned Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital because I did not know if it was venomous.”

By the time staff from the hospital had arrived on Sunday afternoon it had slithered off.

Mr Sadler said: “It could still be there for all I know.

"Possibly it could be a corn snake or a blizzard corn snake from North America, which are totally white with red eyes and very little to no visible pattern."

Marilyn Korkis, supervisor at Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital, Salisbury, said: “They are quite harmless. Many have been kept as pets that have escaped.

“They should not be cornered because they can hiss and appear threatening.”

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