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Snake made bid for freedom in Blackburn owner's car
12:00pm Sunday 26th August 2012 in News
SCAPEY the snake proved to be a slippery customer when he made a slither for it in his new owner’s car.
The three foot long bright orange corn snake was en-route to his new home in Blackburn when he sneaked out of his plastic storage container and disappeared.
His new owner Ann-Marie Frith, who lives in Manxman Road, only noticed that Scapey, as he has now been nicknamed, was missing when she peered over while driving along the motorway.
The 29-year-old mum-of-four pulled over onto the hard shoulder, but could not find the reptile anywhere.
She said: “On the way back I saw one of the lids had not been shut properly and the snake escaped.
“It is still in my car, we cannot find it at all.”
Mrs Frith had been to Warrington to pick up a breeding pair of the corn snakes to join her ever growing reptilian family, which also includes seven other snakes and 11 geckos.
Mrs Frith and her husband Chris called the fire brigade when she arrived home to help take her black Ford Mondeo apart to see if Scapey was hiding behind the dashboard.
When that didn’t work they set up a warm polystyrene bed with some food to try and entice the serpent out, but he has still not emerged from his hiding place.
Mrs Frith said: “We really need a mechanic who can dismantle a Ford Mondeo to come and help us now.
“Corn snakes make really good pets, especially for beginners because they don’t need much as long as you get the right heat and food for them.
“They are pretty easy to keep and are just like any other animal, you can get some that bite an
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