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Snake handed in to Dumfries nightclub

'Disco' the snake Credit: SSPCA

The Scottish SPCA is looking for the owner of a 14-inch-long cornsnake, after it was handed in to a nightclub in Dumfries.

A young man turned up at Chancers nightclub and told the bar staff that he had found the snake slithering along Friars Vennel.

The staff kept the snake, nicknamed 'Disco', in a jug, before handing it in to the police.

The SSPCA are now trying to trace the owner:

Inspector Janet Proudlock said:

"Disco is just a youngster who still has quite a bit of growing to do.

"This means that it would be very easy for him to squeeze through even the tiniest gap in his vivarium and cornsnakes are notorious for being excellent escape artists.

"We'd like to think that someone is missing Disco as he's in good overall condition, however, we do have to consider the possibility that he may have been abandoned.

"Cornsnakes are harmless, popular pet snakes, but we don't often hear of them turning up at nightclubs.

"He's certainly none the worse for his night out on the tiles, but we're sure he'd much rather be chilling out at home.

"If no-one comes forward to claim him we'll find him a loving new owner."

Anyone who recognises Disco is being asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal on 03000 999 999.


Snake found in Lockerbie garden

The search is on for the owner of a Calafornian King snake, which was found on a front lawn in Lockerbie. 'Elvis' is being looked after by a reptile-loving family until his owner is found.

Elvis was found on Sunday Credit: ITV

The SSPCA has given the temporary home the approval but Elvis will be moved to a reptile shop to be made more comfortable.

Elvis the snake Credit: ITV

California kingsnake found in Lockerbie

"Elvis" the California kingsnake Credit: SSPCA

The Scottish SPCA is looking for the owner of a California kingsnake, which was found in Lockerbie yesterday (28th April).

A member of the public found the four-foot long brown and cream striped snake outside a house in Windsor Court.

The snake has been given the nickname "Elvis" and his finder has offered to rehome him if nobody comes forward.

Inspector Janet Proudlock from the SSPCA says Elvis is doing well.

She said:

"Elvis appears to be in good bodily condition although he was very cold and a bit grumpy about beinghandled.

"Luckily the gentleman who found him has some snake knowledge so he put Elvis straight on a heat mat to warm him up.

"Although it's spring time it's still far too cold for a snake to be able to survive outside so we're glad Elvis was found alive and well.

"Snakes are fantastic escape artists and they can squeeze themselves through the tiniest gaps so it's very likely that Elvis has simply strayed from home.

"However, we can't rule out the possibility that he may have been abandoned.

"We're urging anyone in the area who has recently lost a snake to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999."