Snake spotted slithering across cycle track near Lancaster

A cyclist peddling towards Glasson had to slam on the brakes when she spotted a 30-inch snake slithering across her path.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 2:55 pm
The corn snake was spotted on the cycle track towards Glasson Dock, near Aldcliffe at around 7.45pm on Tuesday (June 2). Pic:

The corn snake, which reportedly measured around 30 inches, was found on a cycle track close to the River Lune, near Aldcliffe, at around 7.45pm on Tuesday (June 2).

Corn snakes, native to the southeastern United States, are popular as pets in Britain and are not venomous.

In the wild, they usually live around six to eight years, but in captivity can live to an age of 23 years or more.

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Corn snakes can bite, they are not venomous and are no threat to humans

Kerry, who found the snake, said: "We thought it was a large adder but the Natural History Museum in London just confirmed it's a corn snake, probably someone’s pet.

"It’s not harmful but needs finding and rescuing as it's unlikely to survive the winter."

Wild corn snakes prefer habitats such as overgrown fields and abandoned or seldom-used buildings and farms.

In cold weather, they will try to find shelter in small, closed spaces, such as under a house, but on warm days they prefer to soak up the heat of the sun outdoors.