Wednesday 22 May 2019

Police hunt owner of 'smelly and hefty' snake found in shallow grave

The snake was found in a field near Carrickvale Manor, Co Armagh. Photo: PSNI Craigavon
The snake was found in a field near Carrickvale Manor, Co Armagh. Photo: PSNI Craigavon
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Police are trying to track down the owner of a five-foot long snake that was found dead in a field in Co Armagh.

Members of the PSNI in Craigavon were alerted to a "huge snake" in a field near Carrickvale Manor in Lurgan on Monday.

They have since put out a social media search for the owner, describing the discovery as "all a bit odd".

"On attending, it was indeed a rather hefty snake, some form of constrictor, however it was dead, and particularly smelly," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"Animals die, they get sick or old, that's normal, however there appears to have been an attempt to bury this in a shallow grave."

The picture shows approximately five-feet of the snake with "plenty more buried" below.

The PSNI said they wanted to find the owner to make sure that "all is OK".

"If you're the owner of said snake, or have any idea who may be, please get in touch. We'd like to check all is OK, and that it has indeed died in captivity, rather than been released where it shouldn't have and fallen foul of one of one of Lurgans Bucky infused pigeons.

"This isn't the sort of pet you can discreetly hide. If you're aware of anyone in the area who had something this size, let us know."

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