February 22, 2024
Pest management professional rescues escaped snake present in backyard in Willesborough, Ashford

A pest management professional who rescued an escaped snake is hoping to seek out the pet’s proprietor earlier than the animal needs to be rehomed.

Phil Golding, who runs Pestaway in Ashford, was referred to as to Willesborough this morning to rescue the reptile after it was discovered hiding in a backyard water butt.

He obtained a cellphone name from his spouse Maria, whose colleague had made the panicked discovery.

Mr Golding, 55, from Park Farm stated: “My spouse works on the William Harvey Hospital and at 9am she referred to as me saying considered one of her colleagues is in floods of tears as a result of there was a snake in her backyard.

“Her youngsters had opened the lid of their water butt and noticed the snake.

“I went straight over there to assist and I didn’t know what snake I used to be going to come across so I had some tools prepared.

“As quickly as I lifted the counter, curled upon the within was a corn snake – a lovely factor.

An escaped pet corn snake was discovered in a back garden in Willesborough. Picture: Phil Golding
An escaped pet corn snake was found in a again backyard in Willesborough. Image: Phil Golding

“I put gauntlets on as a result of they’ll nonetheless chunk if they’re scared, however they aren’t venomous.

“This can be a pet, not a wild snake, so it will need to have come from moderately shut by.

“I used to be going to knock on all of the doorways however the neighbour knew everybody within the shut and he stated no one has a pet snake.”

After making some calls, Mr Golding finally took the snake to Trinity Vet Centre in Maidstone, which has services to take care of the reptiles.

But when the proprietor shouldn’t be discovered quickly, the snake must be rehomed.

Phil Golding runs the company alongside son Ollie Golding
Phil Golding runs the corporate alongside son Ollie Golding

Mr Golding, who runs the enterprise together with his son Ollie, added: “It wouldn’t have travelled too far.

“Snakes can reside for months with out meals, however they do want water.

“It’s probably it wouldn’t have ever discovered its method house, but it surely might have been taken by a cat or a fox if left on the market.”

Anybody lacking a pet snake close to Willesborough is urged to name Trinity Vets Centre on 01622 726730.