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Five-foot long pet snake rescued by the RSPCA and fire service after getting stuck in a car

Pet corn snake Allan Credit: RSPCA

A pet corn snake called Allan had to be cut free from the chassis of a car he was travelling in with his owners, after escaping from his vivarium.

Ellie Bond and Lewis Newton were travelling on the M1 from their home in Beeston, Nottingham, to see family in Oldham before Christmas.

When they checked on Allan and realised he had escaped, their first thought was that he had fallen onto the motorway.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue work to free Allan Credit: RSPCA

The couple frantically searched the car, pulling up carpets and taking the seats out, until Lewis pulled away casing near the gear stick to spot Allan.

We just went into panic mode to try and find him as I was really worried he had fallen from the car onto the motorway. We ripped pieces from the car in our desperate search."

– Ellie Bond, Allan's owner
8-year-old corn snake Allan is 5-foot long Credit: RSPCA

Ellie called the RSPCA for help and Inspector Angela Paxton-Taylor attended the scene on December 14th.

She assessed the situation and decided to call for help from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue.

While Allan was held with a damp towel to ensure the temperature of the metal around him did not get too hot, the firefighters cut through a small piece of metal which was enough to free him.

Allan's owners say he is back to his usual 'lazy' self after the rescue Credit: RSPCA

Allan was really stuck underneath the front seat and gear stick area. The fact he is so long and also because he had eaten a big meal that day really worked against him.

A few scales were missing and he was very cold but we were able to warm him up and he is doing well."

– Inspector Angela Paxton-Taylor, RSPCA