Gardai issue appeal after mysterious discovery of snake in Dublin suburb
Gardai have issued an appeal to the public after a snake was discovered in Dublin over the weekend.
The snow corn snake was found in Lucan on Saturday evening by a member of the public.
It was brought to Lucan Garda Station where it spent the night before being transferred to the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary on Sunday.
Gardai are asking anyone who might have information on the reptile's owner to come forward.
Posting a picture of the snake on social media, gardai in Dublin said: "This snake, believed to be a snow corn snake, was found in Lucan yesterday evening and was taken to Lucan Garda Station where it was looked after for the night before being transferred to the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ballivor earlier today.
"If anyone has information on ownership, please contact Lucan Garda Station on 01 6667300."
Kevin Cunningham, manager of the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ballivor, Co Meath, shared an update about the snake's wellbeing.
"The gardai who brought the snake here named it Lucan after the suburb where it was found," he told RTE.
"We don't know yet if it is male or female but Lucan is being warmed up on a heat pad in a vivarium at the moment and has settled in well.
"It has a few minor injuries but is otherwise in good condition."
Mr Cunningham said that because the snake is technically lost property, the sanctuary "will have to keep him here for a year and a day - unless someone comes forward to claim him in the meantime".
He said people who lose snakes "often they are a bit reluctant to admit it has happened and tell their neighbours".
The expert added that snow corn snakes are not a dangerous breed of the reptiles.
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