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Snake found snuggled in armchair

corn snake discovered on a armchair
Mr Marshall hopes the owner of the snake will get in contact

A pest controller has been called by a landlord to capture a 4ft (1.2m) corn snake only weeks after tackling another one found nestled in a boiler.

When Lee Marshall was told about the alarmed Portsmouth tenant discovering a snake curled up in her armchair, he thought "oh, no, not again".

In May, he and a colleague tackled an orange snake in Southsea.

Mr Marshall, who runs the firm Contract Killers, has appealed to the owner of the snake, which he thinks is a pet.

The snake was sat there quite comfortable in the armchair almost as if it was preparing itself for an evening in front of the telly
Lee Marshall

The 40-year-old had been sitting in his garden "enjoying a glass or two of red wine" when he was contacted on Saturday evening.

"My mobile rang and although I was enjoying a well-earned day off I answered the call," he said.

"Unfortunately, one of my chaps was working in North Hampshire and the other is currently on holiday in France so I grabbed my bag and walked to the address that had been given to me by the landlord.

"When I arrived at the property the snake was still sat there quite comfortable in the armchair almost as if it was preparing itself for an evening in front of the telly.

"I collected him or her up and put him in my backpack.

"I feel someone in the neighbourhood is probably missing their beloved pet."




SEE ALSO
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