Submitted by Steve on 14:19, 21st Sep, 2018 | 0

Over the Summer months trained volunteers and staff from the GSPCA carried out extensive searches in the southern area of L’Ancresse Common after a dog walker reported seeing the tail-end of a fairly large snake enter the gorse.

Nearly 3 months ago a dog walker reported what was thought to be a snake with the tail-end being about a metre in length and several inches wide.

Advice received suggests it is highly unlikely that such a snake would pose a threat to either dogs or humans. However at the time Guernsey Police strongly urged islanders against visiting the area in an attempt to locate the snake as anyone doing so could make circumstances harder for the trained teams trying to find it.  The advice still stands that anyone seeing such an animal not to approach it and call the GSPCA immediately.

The GSPCA would like to thank all that helped provide specialist equipment in the search but with the nights drawing in and the temperatures dropping, not to mention no signs the GSPCA are asking those in the area if they spot anything to contact the GSPCA immediately on 01481 257261

Reptiles at the GSPCA

The GSPCA have seen a huge rise in unwanted and stray reptiles in recent years.

The species predominately being small breeds of commonly kept pets such as rat snakes, corn snakes, musk turtles, tortoise and bearded dragons. Although in the last year we have had a python, hog nose snake, skink, collared lizard, water dragon and long nose lizard.

Just in the last week we have had nearly a dozen new reptiles come into the care of the GSPCA for various reasons.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Despite daily searches through the summer thanks to volunteers and staff member we have seen no further signs of the reported possible snake sighting earlier this summer.”

“We had a huge amount of help and specialist equipment used but sadly to no avail.”

“With winter fast approaching cold blooded animals start slowing up but if anyone sees anything at all we would urge them to call the emergency number on 01481 257261 immediately.”

“At the GSPCA we have seen a huge increase in the last few years with reptiles from those being cruelly treated to strays.”

“Also in the last week alone we have had a huge surge of lizards, turtles and other reptiles come into our care.”

“Where as a few years ago we would normally see 2 or 3 lizards or snakes we have seen over 30 a year in the last two years at the GSPCA.”

“You have to think long and hard before you take on a reptile as they really do need specialised care and some like tortoise may even out live you.”

“We do have a number in need of homes at the GSPCA but none as large as the stray that has been reported on L’Ancresse common.”

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