Snake 'wreaks havoc' in Doncaster hotel on New Year's Eve

A snake ‘wreaked havoc’ in a Doncaster hotel on New Year’s Eve after it was found by a shocked guest in their bedroom.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 4:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 12:43 pm

The RSPCA was called about the kingsnake - a species commonly kept as a pet - at about 6pm after someone had checked into the hotel, gone to their room and discovered the reptile.

The animal welfare charity is not naming the hotel at the business’ request.

RSPCA inspector Sara Jordan said: “Staff were alerted and went to the room, saw the snake, closed and put towels up against the door and promptly called us!

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The snake which was found in a Doncaster hotel room

“Suffice to say it was not what they were expecting on New Year’s Eve!

“When I arrived I literally had to take the room apart for an hour to find the snake.

“I moved the sofa bed, the bed, curtains, checked the bathroom and every other possible hiding spot then came to the conclusion that the snake must have gone behind the headboard or the desk where the tv was.

“We managed to lift the headboard off the wall but found no snake and then we finally lifted the TV desk off the wall and there the snake was, all curled up and unaware of the havoc they’d wreaked!”

The snake which was found in a Doncaster hotel room

Sara added: “The snake is in good condition and clearly has been well handled as it was perfectly happy to sit in my hand whilst I chatted to a member of staff on reception – a few guests even came up to say hello!

“I think it’s likely that the snake’s owner has brought the snake to the hotel without realising, perhaps they have escaped from a vivarium and into their owner’s suitcase.

“The snake is now safe and sound at one of our partner exotic specialists and will be rehomed after two weeks if no one comes forward.

“Anyone who thinks the snake belongs to them should call the RSPCA on 0300 1238018.”

Snake 'wreaks havoc' in Doncaster hotel

Kingsnakes are native to Northern and Central America and occupy a large range of habitats in the wild including scrubland, forests and deserts. They often hide in rodent burrows and under logs. They are not venomous and kill their prey by constriction, feeding mainly on rodents, birds, other reptiles and amphibians.

Many of the snakes the RSPCA’s officers are called to collect are thought to be escaped pets.

The organisation recommend owners invest in an enclosure suitable for the particular species and that the enclosure is kept secure, and locked if necessary, when unattended.

Experts say reptiles, particularly snakes, can be extremely good escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid. It is possible to microchip snakes and the RSPCA recommends owners ask their vet to do this, so snakes can be easily reunited if lost and found.

If anyone finds a snake they believe is non-native RSCPA advice is to keep a safe distance, monitor the snake and call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.