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Man found 8ft snake in airing cupboard

It has been identified as a Taiwan Beauty Rat snake Credit: David Dawes

A man has spoken of his horror after he opened his hot airing cupboard to find an 8ft snake.

David Dawes went to investigate after hearing a noise upstairs and found the exotic snake curled up on his hot water boiler.

After calling animal welfare experts, the 30-year-old said he tried to find a hotel when they told him to leave it and hope it 'finds a way out'.

David, of Mayhill, Swansea, said:

At about half past nine I heard a movement upstairs. I was concerned that it might have been a rat.

My initial reaction was one of confusion, but I gently closed the door again before calling animal welfare experts.

Their advice was to close the door and leave it be - if it had found its way in, it would probably find its way out.

– David Dawes
David said he tried to find a hotel after finding the snake Credit: David Dawes

David said a friend told him it was probably an escaped pet and managed to move it into a box.

After a second call to the experts, I took their advice and put on my thickest flannel shirt and a pair of gardening gloves, and went in to say hello.

My new friend was awake and didn't appreciate being grabbed but he quickly settled into a lock top box which I took downstairs.

– David Dawes
They put the snake in a box with chopsticks to allow ventilation Credit: David Dawes

David took the snake to a nearby exotic pet shop called World of Aquatics, who quickly identified him as a Taiwan Beauty Rat snake and took it in.

The constrictor is native to eastern and southeastern regions of Asia and feeds on rodents.

The snakes can commonly grow to between six and nine feet in length.