THE GOLF Vet Practice is currently hosting an exotic and unexpected guest with the hope of trying to trace its owner.
The surgery last week took in a juvenile Carolina Corn Snake which had been found in a Stonehaven street by a dog walker. Although it was taken initially to the Kirkton Veterinary Centre in the town, it was transferred to Montrose as local vet Chris Allison is one of the few in the north east of Scotland to specialise in the care and treatment of reptiles.
There is currently no explanation regarding how the non-venomous snake, which has been nicknamed Kirk after his temporary Stonehaven home, came to be in the street but Chris said initially efforts are being made to track down its owner.
He said the foot-long reptile, thought to be two to three months old, has been looked after and was in good condition when he was found.
He said: “We deal with most of the exotics in the north of Scotland and the first thing the Stonehaven vets did was send us pictures of him so he could be identified to make sure he wasn’t venomous.
“We have the facilities to deal with them and out in the street he wouldn’t have survived long.
“Corn snakes are probably the most popular pet snake and someone has fed him up to now but whether someone got fed up of him and let him loose or if he’s an escapee, I don’t know. They’re very good at escaping and are built for it. As with any other stray animal, we’ll keep him here for a couple of weeks for his owner to come forward.”
Corn snakes are native to North America and inhabit fields in woodland, living on a diet of mice and rats. The can grow up to five feet long and although they are constrictors, their docile nature makes them popular pets.
Chris added: “Sometimes, if people breed them and don’t want them they just dump them. Corn snakes come in different colours, types and values and sometimes if they’re not worth enough money they’re also dumped although he has obviously had a few feeds and he looks healthy.”
Anyone with information about ‘Kirk’ can contact Chris Allison at the surgery on 01674 672358 or by e-mail to email@example.com.