Family of Cornwall gran who found huge snake didn't believe her because of bad eyesight – Cornwall Live


The snake was rehomed after a reptile expert from Devon who was on holiday in Cornwall picked it up
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A gran from Cornwall who found an albino snake in her garden told her family – who thought it must be a twig due to her bad eyesight. Gill Peters, 79, was in her garden in Truro when she found the white reptile.
The grandmother of 11 threw the snake in the grass and called her daughter Shereen Allen. Mum-of-five Shereen, 51, hurried round with her adult son, joking that it 'must be a twig' because of Gill's eyesight.
But she was stunned to find the snake curled up in the grass. The family then made a series of calls to the police, Newquay Zoo, the vet and the RSPCA. Shereen picked up the snake and put it in a box that they had pierced and made air holes so they snake could breathe before taping it shut.
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They then put out a plea on Facebook which got a response from some snake experts from Devon who were staying nearby. They arrived and picked up the snake, which they believed to be a cornsnake and took it away to safety.
Police officers also attended and helped to find somewhere to rehome the snake.
Shereen said: "We thought 'there's no way there's a snake'. Normally she can't see for toffee. Mum said 'I picked it up and chucked it in the hedge'. It was so cute, we didn't know what snake it was at that point."
She added: "We picked it up with a gripper and put it in a box with holes in it. The RSCPA didn't answer the phone and the vets were not very helpful but the police were amazing. Luckily the reptile guy took it, he has sent lots of videos of it. I didn't think it was going to have a happy ending. There was no safe place to keep it."
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