Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters free pet snake

Bronte Road, Witham
17/04/2021 @ 21:09
Incident Number: 142689
In attendance: 1 x Witham

Firefighters were called to a property in Witham after a snake became wedged in an air vent. 

A woman in her 20s had put her adult boa constrictor into a temporary vivarium while she cleaned out its larger main vivarium. 

While it was in there the snake tried to get through an air vent and wedged itself in the hole.

When the on-call crew from Witham Fire Station arrived the snake had also wrapped itself around the lower part of the woman's arm. 

Firefighters placed a pillowcase over the snake's head and then worked to make the air vent hole bigger, to allow it to escape. They also helped the woman release her arm and made sure she was comfortable and uninjured. 

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