Keith Jobson had been enjoying the sunshine in his garden on Monday when he walked into the kitchen and saw a snake peering out from behind his washing machine. And since the initial discovery at his home on Middlegate, Scawthorpe, Keith has spotted another two snakes – one of which was five foot long. The 83-year-old has been forced to live in his sitting room for the past three days and block the kitchen door off as RSPCA inspectors and a team from St Leger Homes battle to sort out the problem.
He said: “I couldn’t quite believe what I had seen. My immediate reaction when I saw the fist snake was to grab the spatula off the side and try to hit it but it was too quick for and it slithered under the washing machine.”
After Keith contacted the RSPCA and St Leger homes he ventured back into the kitchen to get his medication and make a drink when he was greeted with another snake – five feet in length.
He added: “The snakes were horrible to look at, black and orange and I could see their fangs. “I think they were after my chicken supreme.
“My neighbour’s son Blayne was a real hero he managed to tempt one of the snakes out with a piece of meat from the fridge and then used a garden cane to catch it and put it straight in a pillow case.
“An RSPCA inspector came out to pick it up but and said that someone would be back to get the others. “Since then I’ve had the kitchen door shut and a towel covering the gap at the bottom of the door, I’ve hardly had a wink of sleep.”
snake The snakes are believed to be the nonvenomous North American Corn Snakes a popular choice of pet snake.
Since making the discovery around 6pm on Monday, Keith has been advised to stay in his living room and has been forced to move his kettle and microwave into the room to keep him going until the issue is resolved.
He said: “Neighbours and friends have been very helpful and assisted me moving some things into the living room.
“I’ve spent ages on the phone to the RSPCA and they just kept saying how they didn’t have anyone to come out immediately and how they receive 4,000 calls a day. I am waiting for someone else to come back to get rid of the others.
“St Leger homes have been very helpful sending out officers and trying to resolve the situation, they’ve been first rate.”
Keith was last night waiting for a reptile expert to come and remove the remaining snakes.
He said: “At first I thought I was day dreaming, it’s a good job we managed to get a picture of the snake so we had proof.
“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since it happened, it’s the talk of the town.”
A spoeksman for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA was called about two snakes found in a house in Scawthorpe, Doncaster on Monday night.
“One of our animal welfare officers went to the property and removed a corn snake that had been found in the kitchen, but despite an extensive search, there was no sign of a second snake.
“Corn snakes are commonly kept pets and whilst they can bite, are not venomous. The snake was underweight but otherwise okay, and is now being looked after by a snake expert.”
St Leger Homes were unavailable for comment.