‘Venomous snake' abandoned on bin revealed to be rubber toy

The RSPCA was called to a report of an abandoned cobra that turned out to be a rubber toy.

An alert over a potentially deadly venomous snake was sparked by what turned out to be a rubber toy.

RSPCA officer Ron Crawford attended the scene in Shildon, County Durham, after a member of the public reported a snake on top of a wheelie bin on Wednesday December 11.

Mr Crawford said: “The caller had managed to secure it in a plastic tub before calling us for help, describing it as a brown snake that had been abandoned.

“However, once I arrived at the scene I quickly realised this wasn’t your usual snake abandonment – and the snake in question was in fact a toy!”


He added: “Unfortunately, we are called out to a lot of snakes that have been abandoned – often by owners who have taken them on without realising how much of a commitment they are and without understanding the specialist care they need.

“The caller was lucky it was rubber and not real – cobras can be extremely dangerous.”

The RSPCA said members of the public should treat any unidentified animal with caution and not to try to handle it if its species is not clear.

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