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Postman bitten by escaped snake

Corn snake
The snake was later reunited with its owner

A postman was bitten by a snake while delivering letters in County Durham.

He was walking past a bush in Kipling Close, Stanley, when something dropped onto his shoulder and as he brushed it off, he felt a sharp pain.

He caught the animal and took it to a pet shop, where it was identified as a non-venomous corn snake.

The Post Office said the bite was proving difficult to record, as their accident forms do not include a section for reptiles.

The postman later returned to Kipling Close where he managed to reunite the snake with its owner, who said it had been missing for several weeks.

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