Stow away snakes from Mexico and Spain make it to Guernsey and the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 16:45, 26th May, 2023 | 0

Last week the GSPCA did not  have 1 but 2 calls to  rescue snakes that managed to travel the huge distance to Guernsey.

On the 18th May GSPCA team member Neil Hughes was called out to a local Garden Centre kitchen where a snake had stowed away with cabbages from Spain.

Tiny Tim as the very small snake has been called is a Viperine Snake which does have venom for their prey but they do not bite as a form of defence and even if it did would be harmless to humans.


Stray snake Everleigh reunited via a Takeaway

Submitted by Steve on 16:55, 10th Aug, 2022 | 0

On the 21st July the GSPCA were called out to the Dragon Chinese Takeaway on the Bridge as they had found a stray snake.

The corn snake was in good health and transported to the GSPCA where we made it comfortable in one of our vivarium’s and put an appeal out for an owner.

That day we found the owner and later that evening they were reunited.

Geoff George GSPCA Animal Collection Officer said “On the afternoon of Thursday 21st July was called out to rescue a stray snake in St Sampsons.”


World Snake Day and Kellogg is still at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 16:22, 16th Jul, 2021 | 0

Today is World Snake Day a day to celebrate our legless reptile friends.

Every year the GSPCA helps snakes of various sizes and breeds and we currently have Kellogg the corn snake who has been with us for 18 days.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Today is World Snake Day and did you know there are no snakes indigenous to Guernsey the closest thing we have is the legless lizard which is the slow worm.”

“We do however have many owners of pet snakes and 18 days later we continue to appeal for information on anyone that have lost a corn snake near Vale Road.”


Stray corn snake found on Vale Road

Submitted by Steve on 10:28, 30th Jun, 2021 | 0

On Sunday 27th June a stray corn snalke was found on Vale Road.

The reptile is safe and well at the GSPCA where we are appealing for the owner to come forward.

The GSPCA are appealing for anyone that has any information or lost a corn snake to contact the Animal Shelter on 01481 257261 or email [email protected] .

Yvonne Chauvel GSPCA Senior Animal care Assistant said “on Sunday a stray corn snake was found on Vale Road and we are trying to find the owner.”


GSPCA Volunteer Animal Ambulance Warden called out for snake at Bordeaux Harbour

Submitted by Steve on 14:33, 1st Jun, 2021 | 0

Last Thursday the GSPCA was called during a rising tide to one of the outcrops at Bordeaux Harbour to rescue a snake.

The grey and black  photos of the animals were sent to the GSPCA Animal Ambulance Warden Suzy Rose who called the GSPCA Manager and informed the States Vet.

The pictures were scrutinised by many of the team and although some concerns were raised we are here to help animals and a plan was made to venture to the grassy outcrop of rocks when the next low tide occurred during daylight hours.


Shocked dog walking family find a hognose stray snake near Halfway filter

Submitted by Steve on 15:24, 23rd Jul, 2020 | 0

Earlier today a couple walking their dog and son found a stray young hognose snake near the Halfway filter.

Now safe at the GSPCA this non-indigenous reptile is being housed in one of the Shelters vivarium’s.

The GSPCA are appealing for anyone that has any information or lost a young hognose snake to contact the Animal Shelter on 01481 257261

Seb Goman GSPCA staff member said “The snake was brought in by a couple with their son that were just out walking their dog near the Halfway filter on the sea front.”


Scaled back search for the L’Ancresse snake – but any information please call 257261 immediately

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.


Warning & advice as the search goes on for the L’Ancresse snake – any information please call 257261

Submitted by Steve on 09:48, 28th Jun, 2018 | 0

Trained volunteers from the GSPCA are carrying out searches of the southern area of L’Ancresse Common after a dog walker reported seeing the tail-end of a fairly large snake enter the gorse.

Police officers are liaising with John Knight, President of the GSPCA and a vet who also specialises in exotic animals, and States Vet David Chamberlain.


Worst case of reptile starvation the GSPCA has seen results in the owner being banned

Submitted by Steve on 17:55, 2nd Aug, 2017 | 0

Last October the GSPCA were involved in rescuing 4 reptiles some of which were so thin they were lucky to still be alive.

After months of care at the GSPCA the owner of the animals attended the Magistrates Court in St Peter Port yesterday.

The animals involved were 2 corn snakes, a royal python and a bearded dragon.  When they were rescued it was apparent that they hadn’t been cared for in some time due to the state of the enclosures which were extremely dirty and not appropriate for the animals due to the fittings and lack of provisions.


Pop Corn the corn snake is back home safe and sound

Submitted by Steve on 22:53, 14th Sep, 2016 | 0

Earlier this week a Corn Snake was found and rescued by the GSPCA on Route de la Mare de Carteret.

After advertising the stray snake online and through the local media we are delighted to report that the female 5 year old snake who was very much loved and missed by her owner is now home safe and sound.

Owner Teresa Rodgers said "She is doing well and letting us handle her again without any problems."

"Jake has two corn snakes a male Corn Flake and Pop Corn a female."

"She is 5 years old and Jake has had her from a baby."