A snake has become an animal welfare centre’s longest ever resident – after 1,476 days.
Snowflake the corn snake has lived at the Scottish SPCA Aberdeenshire Drumoak centre since she was brought in on December 15, 2013.
Passing the four-year mark in its care, the charity is desperately searching for a new and loving home for her.
Scottish SPCA centre manager Graeme Innes said: “Snakes, particularly corn snakes, tend to stay in our care longer than any other animal.
“However, four years is an incredibly long time to be waiting for a loving home.
“Snowflake was found as a stray and was lucky to survive the cold weather.
“She was a hugely nervous snake when she came into our care, but with lots of attention and patience she’s become comfortable being handled, but sudden movements still spook her.
“When she first arrived she was absolutely tiny, now she’s a fully-grown corn snake and we’d love to see her go to an experienced home with a new owner who would be able to give her all the care and attention she deserves.”
Drumoak is currently home to 17 corn snakes which are harder to rehome for the charity, as they are often overlooked by people looking for a new pet.
Adult corn snakes are usually between 61cm and 182cm long.
As a species of rat snake, they originate in North America and kill their prey by constriction.
Centre superintendent Sharon Comrie said: “Snowflake has been with our Aberdeenshire centre for almost half of her life and we would be delighted if she could find her forever home soon.
“As she came into us as a stray, her new owner will need to be aware that snakes are notorious escape artists.
“They’re very clever and can figure out how to manipulate locks, so owners have to be careful to ensure their vivariums are secure.”
In the wild one would live up to eight years old, but in captivity this increases to more than 20 years.
For this reason it is recommended by the charity that corn snakes should not be bought on impulse.
Anyone willing to give this feisty snake a suitable home should contact the centre on 03000 999 999.