Kingsnake iiiAn Ebbw Vale resident found an unexpected visitor at their home – after making the shock discovery of a three-foot snake in a kitchen gas meter.

RSPCA officers were alerted after the reptile – a kingsnake – was found in the gas meter of a flat on Mill Terrace in Cwm on Monday (4 June).

An animal collection officer attended the property to rescue the snake, who has now been transferred to a specialist centre in the West Midlands  - Dudley’s Proteus Reptile Trust – for ongoing care.

It is unknown whether the snake was a stray, or whether the animal belonged to a previous tenant. The snake is not microchipped – something the RSPCA says is “so useful” in re-uniting lost pets like this with their owners.

Stephanie Davidson, RSPCA animal collection officer, said: “This must have come as a huge shock to the resident in Cwm – looking in their gas meter to find a three-foot long snake!

“Fortunately, we were able to safely rescue the snake and complete a transfer to a specialist centre in the West Midlands, so proper care can be provided.

“We don’t know whether the snake was a stray, or belonged to a previous tenant at the flat. If anyone has any information which could help return the snake to an owner, they can reach our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

“This snake was not microchipped – something which can be so useful in reuniting pets that have become lost.”

Amy Taranaski, from Proteus Reptile Trust, added: “This is an uncommon gray-banded kingsnake, and not one I have come across before here at Proteus.

“Fortunately, the snake is doing very well – is a strong weight, and seems very alert, so we’re hopeful of strong progress for the animal in our care.”

Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru complete rescues such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.