Scaly St. Patrick’s surprise

Scaly St. Patrick's surprise

A householder in Dublin’s Glasnevin got quite a St Patrick’s surprise when a five foot snake fell from his ceiling on to his head

Ireland’s patron saint is said, by legend, to have vanquished all snakes from the island.

But obviously not for this householder who was standing on a ladder when the creature fell through a hole in the ceiling on to his head.

According to the DSPCA in Rathfarnam, where the creature is now recovering, it is a non-venomous Rat Snake and it had become quite emaciated.

The DSPCA believes it was probably kept by the house’s previous tenants as a pet.

The DSPCA’s Gillian Bird told Dublin website thejournal.ie: “The snake is rather thin which would lead us to think it has been loose for some time but it’s recovering well.

“It is not uncommon for escaped snakes to live in ceiling spaces and wall cavities feeding on small mice and insects.

“This is the time of the year we start getting calls such as these as the animals often sense the warming temperatures and start coming out to look for food.

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