Mystery snake discovered in Stevenage shop

The snake discovered in the Stevenage Fireworks store

The snake discovered in the Stevenage Fireworks store - Credit: Archant

A manager has been left shaken after discovering a snake in his shop today (Friday).

The snake placed against last week's Comet and a 30cm ruler

The snake placed against last week's Comet and a 30cm ruler - Credit: Archant

Lee Banks, 32, of Shephall, Stevenage, had opened the Stevenage Fireworks store, based in the Old Town, at approximately 12pm to check the post.

As he stepped onto the shop’s main floor, he discovered an as-yet-unidentified snake on the floor in front of him.

Mr Banks said: “It was such a shock. It really made me jump out of my skin. There was no immediate way of knowing if it was dangerous or poisonous so I just had to stand guard and make sure it didn’t leave the shop. I have no idea why someone would do this as a prank.”

He is now going through CCTV footage to establish if someone slipped the snake through the shop’s letterbox. Mr Banks has also contacted the RSPCA to deal with the animal.


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The snake is approximately 50cm long with black and orange spots.

Do you know what kind of snake this is? Contact the Comet on 01438 866200 or email editorial@thecomet.net

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