Accrington family found escaped snake in their kitchen

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AN Accrington family were in for a surprise when they discovered a slippery stowaway on their kitchen floor.

Rukhsana Arif, 40, said that her brother’s children had gone into the kitchen in the house on Lister Street to do some cooking, when they discovered the rogue reptile.

The harmless white snow corn snake that feeds on mice and small rodents is believed to be a neighbour’s escaped family pet.

According to Rukhsana it is not the first time the inquisitive serpent has escaped, as it has been spotted before in neighbouring homes.

Rukhsana said: “It’s happened before, the snake has gone into people’s houses.

“It’s been in here, it’s been next door, it was in our kitchen.

“We don’t know how it got there, it was sitting under the fridge.

“Everybody is frightened, I’m scared of mice, never mind snakes.

“The kids can’t sleep at night because they’re so frightened, and they’re scared to go in the kitchen.”

Rukhsana said her neighbour had told them she had a number of exotic pets, and they fear they may be visited by more unwelcome intruders.

She said: “She sits outside the house with them around her neck. She’s got snakes, lizards, all sorts.

“A snake went in our neighbour’s house and she couldn’t find it, she was so scared she had to sit outside her house.

“Everybody in the street is frightened.”

Another neighbour said his wife had found the snake in their mantelpiece around two months ago.

Pinnu Khan, 63, said: “She saw the snake here, and then it was gone, she didn’t know if it was inside or outside.

“She was really scared and she ran away.

“The police came but they couldn’t find the snake.”

The owner of the house where the snake lived said it had been missing for several months after escaping just once.

He said he believed the snake had been on the loose since it was first spotted in his next door neighbour’s mantelpiece.

He added the family now only had dogs.

He said: “It wasn’t even our snake, it came from our house, but my daughter’s ex-girlfriend let it out.

“It had gone and that’s all we’d heard about it until the other night.”

Police confirmed they received a call about the snake on Sunday night, and informed Reptile Rescue who collected the animal.

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1:02pm Sun 15 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

How very responsible!!! NOT!!
If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it.
How very responsible!!! NOT!! If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it. glossopkid
  • Score: 16

1:40pm Sun 15 Jun 14

grumpyoldlady says...

l.
l. grumpyoldlady
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2:35pm Sun 15 Jun 14

wilddog says...

Wow breaking news this! Stop the press!
Wow breaking news this! Stop the press! wilddog
  • Score: 2

2:25pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Mazratlavinia says...

It had escaped months ago after being let out by a vindictive ex and not repeatedly escaped and it was at 11:30 pm when the owner was aggressively told with ALOT of F words to come and retrieve the snake then got told after someone was coming from chorley to get it also the same 'scared' children always ask to see the snake but after all this it was a de-fanged non-venomous snake so don't believe everything you hear or read!
It had escaped months ago after being let out by a vindictive ex and not repeatedly escaped and it was at 11:30 pm when the owner was aggressively told with ALOT of F words to come and retrieve the snake then got told after someone was coming from chorley to get it also the same 'scared' children always ask to see the snake but after all this it was a de-fanged non-venomous snake so don't believe everything you hear or read! Mazratlavinia
  • Score: 0

5:56pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

Did they have a curry with it ????
Did they have a curry with it ???? Benpupdog
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Mazratlavinia says...

Also I would like to state the children are in junior school so surely they should not be cooking also how come they are up so late they have school the next day.
Also I would like to state the children are in junior school so surely they should not be cooking also how come they are up so late they have school the next day. Mazratlavinia
  • Score: -3

6:56pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Mazratlavinia says...

glossopkid wrote:
How very responsible!!! NOT!!
If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it.
It wasn't down to responsibility it was down to a vindictive ex who let it out! Also they was all informed that the snake was loose and if they come across it don't panic as it is harmless and let the owner know ASAP! The family even shook hands and said 'thanks for letting us know if we see it we will let you know'.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: How very responsible!!! NOT!! If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it.[/p][/quote]It wasn't down to responsibility it was down to a vindictive ex who let it out! Also they was all informed that the snake was loose and if they come across it don't panic as it is harmless and let the owner know ASAP! The family even shook hands and said 'thanks for letting us know if we see it we will let you know'. Mazratlavinia
  • Score: -3

8:03pm Mon 16 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

Mazratlavinia wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
How very responsible!!! NOT!!
If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it.
It wasn't down to responsibility it was down to a vindictive ex who let it out! Also they was all informed that the snake was loose and if they come across it don't panic as it is harmless and let the owner know ASAP! The family even shook hands and said 'thanks for letting us know if we see it we will let you know'.
Sorry but it is about responsibility, how about sharing what steps were taken to find the snake . Venomous or not I'm sure many people would panic seeing one!
[quote][p][bold]Mazratlavinia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: How very responsible!!! NOT!! If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it.[/p][/quote]It wasn't down to responsibility it was down to a vindictive ex who let it out! Also they was all informed that the snake was loose and if they come across it don't panic as it is harmless and let the owner know ASAP! The family even shook hands and said 'thanks for letting us know if we see it we will let you know'.[/p][/quote]Sorry but it is about responsibility, how about sharing what steps were taken to find the snake . Venomous or not I'm sure many people would panic seeing one! glossopkid
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Mazratlavinia says...

glossopkid wrote:
Mazratlavinia wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
How very responsible!!! NOT!!
If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it.
It wasn't down to responsibility it was down to a vindictive ex who let it out! Also they was all informed that the snake was loose and if they come across it don't panic as it is harmless and let the owner know ASAP! The family even shook hands and said 'thanks for letting us know if we see it we will let you know'.
Sorry but it is about responsibility, how about sharing what steps were taken to find the snake . Venomous or not I'm sure many people would panic seeing one!
The actions taken was all the neighbours was informed about the snake, what type of snake it was, also that the snake is not dangerous. Please inform as soon as possible if seen. Locks was on the tank but as stated a ex had let it out and that is why she is an ex. Police was informed in January.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mazratlavinia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: How very responsible!!! NOT!! If you are going to keep a pet than look after it otherwise don't get it.[/p][/quote]It wasn't down to responsibility it was down to a vindictive ex who let it out! Also they was all informed that the snake was loose and if they come across it don't panic as it is harmless and let the owner know ASAP! The family even shook hands and said 'thanks for letting us know if we see it we will let you know'.[/p][/quote]Sorry but it is about responsibility, how about sharing what steps were taken to find the snake . Venomous or not I'm sure many people would panic seeing one![/p][/quote]The actions taken was all the neighbours was informed about the snake, what type of snake it was, also that the snake is not dangerous. Please inform as soon as possible if seen. Locks was on the tank but as stated a ex had let it out and that is why she is an ex. Police was informed in January. Mazratlavinia
  • Score: 2

10:28pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Mazratlavinia says...

The police said cos it's going through the wall cavities and said there's nothing more that can be done until appears again and the snake was let out while the owner was sleeping by the ex but the bottom line is people are killing themselves people are being raped and kidnaped but somehow this is news!
The police said cos it's going through the wall cavities and said there's nothing more that can be done until appears again and the snake was let out while the owner was sleeping by the ex but the bottom line is people are killing themselves people are being raped and kidnaped but somehow this is news! Mazratlavinia
  • Score: 3

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