After spotting a 5ft snake crawling across the living room, a petrified family calls 999

Police were called by a father worried about his black-and-white serpent, which he found on the floor of his living room.

Officers who attended Hodge Hill in Birmingham

A family got the scare of their lives when they saw a five-foot snake running across their living area.

The father, who was afraid the serpent might be dangerous, called 999 and ushered his children into another bedroom in their flat.

Officers found the reptile hidden under a sofa in Hodge Hill, Birmingham.

The RSPCA was unable to respond to the call until the morning. Police were left with the difficult task of using a graber to place the snake in a pillowcase before placing it into a cage. BirminghamLive.

The snake was found by police under a sofa


Police handout

A West Midlands Police call center staff member guided them. This person doubles up as an in-house reptile specialist, having previously worked with animal research.

One of the officers responding to the call can be heard saying this in body-worn video footage “Do I need to record the time of arrest?”

After being captured the snake was moved in a bag and taken to a reptile house nearby.

The snake may have entered the flat through the pipe system. Police are not sure how it got there.

According to West Midlands Police spokesperson: “A police officer’s day is never dull – as one of our response teams found when called to help a family who’d found a snake in their home.

“We took an emergency call on Sunday night from a dad who’d found the 1.5-metre snake slithering across their lounge floor.

“Worried the black and white snake could be venomous he quickly moved his children to another room and called us for help.

“RSPCA colleagues weren’t able to attend until the morning so our officers went to lend a hand – equipped with a grabber and pillow case.

“They found the snake underneath a sofa and managed to safely pop it unto the case and take it to a local reptile house. One of our call centre staff – our in-house reptile expert having worked in animal research for the University of British Columbia – had offered advice on the likely type of snake and handling tips.

“We’re not sure how the snake got into the flat in Hodge Hill, Birmingham.

“It’s suspected it may have got in through the pipe system. The snake is absolutely fine and will be looking for a new home.”

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