Final appeal for snake’s owner

AN animal rescue service boss is appealing for the owner of a snake found at Hartlepool Marina to come forward – before he rehomes it in York.

Joe Griffin was handed this snake by police who had been called to collect the reptile from a flat above Navigation Point, as reported in the Hartlepool Mail last week.

The 2ft-long snake had been seen slithering outside the Waterfront chip shop around 10pm on July 4 and kept under an ice cream tub, before marina residents and offshore wind firm contractors David Brown and Freek Sijsling took it away for safe-keeping and rang the police.

Now Joe, who runs the not-for-profit Hartlepool-based North East Reptile Rescue Service, has issued a fresh plea for the owner to come forward.

He said the breed is a western hognose snake, which is native to Canada, Texas and Mexico.

The 43-year-old dad-of-six, from Windsor Street in Hartlepool, added: “No one came forward to claim ownership.

“If no one has contacted me by the end of today, the snake will be rehomed to a woman in York who keeps this breed of snake.”

The owner should provide proof of ownership, such as a registration document from the shop from where it was bought, when they contact Joe.

He can be called on 07922 953233.

The discovery of the snake follows a similar find, as reported in the Hartlepool Mail earlier this month, when Inspector Lee Rukin, of Hartlepool Police, was handed a corn snake that was found by workmen at the back of West View General Store, in Miers Avenue.

RSPCA officials called to collect that snake had also picked up a tropical snake in undergrowth in Millpool Close, on the town’s Central Estate.

People who discover a snake should contact the local RSPCA office on (0191) 5273497 if there is no imminent danger.

If the snake is a threat, ring Cleveland Police on 101.