Snakes in a drain! Runaway reptile seen on Suffolk estate

A snake expert from Viking Aquatics in Ipswich believes the snake is a non venomous Northern Pine Sn

A snake expert from Viking Aquatics in Ipswich believes the snake is a non venomous Northern Pine Snake Picture: STEVE BIGGS - Credit: Contributed

Neighbours in Bury St Edmunds have spoken of their shock after a six-foot-long snake was spotted making its way along a road and down into a drain.

The snake hid from residents in Bury St Edmunds by going down a drain in the road Picture: STEVE BIG

The snake hid from residents in Bury St Edmunds by going down a drain in the road Picture: STEVE BIGGS - Credit: Contributed

Residents on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds were concerned the snake might be a poisonous adder.

However a snake expert based in Suffolk has said he believes it to be a non-venomous Northern Pine Snake - which means it is likely to be someone's pet. Steve Biggs, 48, who has lived on the Howard Estate for more than 20 years, photographed the snake as he made his way home.

Steve said: "I was around my neighbour's house when my wife drove home and said she had nearly run over a snake on the road. "I went straight to see it for myself - the snake was at the junction of Anderson Walk and Parkington Walk.

"My neighbour who came with me tried calling the RSPCA but they were closed so he called 101 and they just advised us to leave it alone.


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"My neighbour did knock on a couple of doors to see if anyone was missing a snake but no one wanted to claim it. After about five minutes it went down the drain you can see in the photo and disappeared."

"I never thought I would see anything like it in our road," said Steve.

Steve Biggs, who has lived on the Howard estate for 20 years, took the picture of the snake on Sunda

Steve Biggs, who has lived on the Howard estate for 20 years, took the picture of the snake on Sunday evening Picture: STEVE BIGGS - Credit: Contributed

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Rickie Clarke, manager of Viking Aquatics in Ipswich said: "The snake will definitely be someone's pet, Northern Pine Snakes come from the United States.

"Northern Pine Snakes kill their prey including mice, rats and sometimes small by birds by constricting - this means they wrap around their prey to kill it.

"The snake will have gone down the drain to get out of the way of people, it is likely to come out again in the evening.

"If the snake is seen in the day it will be basking in the sun warming up," said Rickie.

The snake was seen making its way along a street on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds last night

The snake was seen making its way along a street on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds last night Picture: STEVE BIGGS - Credit: CONTRIBUTED

The snake spotted in Bury St Edmunds was reportedly six-foot-long Picture: STEVE BIGGS

The snake spotted in Bury St Edmunds was reportedly six-foot-long Picture: STEVE BIGGS - Credit: Contributed

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