wildlife carers looking after snake found in a suitcase
wildlife carers are looking after this tiny grass snake after it
was found curled up in a suitcase by a member of the public.
small grass snake has been brought into the care of Secret World
Wildlife Rescue staff in East Huntspill, near Burnham.
snake, aptly named Atom because of his tiny size, was found curled
up in the suitcase owned by a member of the public who, after initial
shock, called Secret World for advice," said a spokeswomann.
World response driver Jessie Shedden picked up Atom, who is the
size of a 50 pence piece, and transported him to the centre."
his arrival, he was assessed by animal carer Sarah Tingvoll, who
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Its not every day you find
a snake in your suitcase, so I think the member of public who contacted
Secret World was surprised."
this time of the year, grass snakes are normally in hibernation.
Baby grass snakes dont need much food, as they are able to
live off their yolk for a year. Atom has been placed in a warm vivarium
and has food there should he want to eat it."
will continue to be monitored by Secret Worlds animal carers
until hes warm enough to be released back into the wild.
World provides a 365-days-a-year service to rescue sick, injured
or orphaned wildlife. It rescues over 5,000 animals per year. Members
of the public who would like advice on how to look after wild animals
or would like to report injured wildlife should call 01278 783 250.