Record number of snakes rehomed

Corn snake
Corn snake

New homes for a record number of snakes were found by the Scottish SPCA’s centre in Aberdeenshire last year.

Staff at the charity’s Drumoak facility rehomed more than double the number of snakes compared to the previous year with 17 owners taking on the exotic creatures compared to nine in 2013.

Centre manager Graeme Innes said it was good news but they still have a number of snakes waiting to be rehomed.

He added: “Last year was what you would call a bumper year for snakes here.

“We took in a staggering 72 snakes compared to just 15 the year before which would explain the large increase.

“It’s fantastic we were able to find new homes for so many snakes but we still have 29 in our care ready and waiting to be offered good homes.”

“Snakes might not be everybody’s idea of the perfect pet but there are plenty of people who do appreciate them for the stunning creatures they are and we’d like to invite local snake enthusiasts to get in touch.”

Mr Innes said the Drumoak centre hopes to find even more homes for its animals this year.

He explained: “We rehomed a total of 706 animals last year, including 204 cats, 124 dogs, 84 rabbits, 63 birds and 21 horses.

“This year we hope to find homes for even more animals.

“We would encourage those in the area thinking of taking on a pet to pay us a visit. We’re open every day and always welcome new faces.”

The Scottish SPCA’s centre in Drumoak is open each day from 10am-4pm and can be contacted on 03000 999 999.

The £2 million pound centre near Banchory was opened in 2011.

Rehoming centres across Scotland care each year for thousands of abandoned, injured and defenceless animals.