Why did the snake cross the road? …… we’ll probably never know, but Bangor residents were given a shock on Wednesday morning when they saw a large adult corn snake crossing Siliwen Road.

The snake was safely captured shortly afterwards and is now being looked after at the Zoology and Biological Sciences department at Bangor University.

Dr Nia Williams, from Bangor University, took a photo of the snake crossing Siliwen Road and the photo as since gone ’viral’ with over 43,000 views in 24hrs.

Corn Snakes

Corn snakes are native to North America and an adult can grow to be 6’ long, they usually feed on small rodents by constricting them, but they can also scale trees to eat birds eggs.

The snakes have attractive colours and are non-venomous, making them ideal pets, they rarely bite humans and usually live around 10-15 years.

it’s in my car somewhere

John Mulley, a biologist at Bangor University, described the moment he received a knock on the door asking if he worked with snakes.

The transcript on Twitter read: *knock on door* Them, slightly out of breath: “Do you work with snakes?” Me: “Er…yes?” Them: “I’ve found one” Me: “Where?” *frantically worries we’ve lost one* Them: “It was crossing the road” Me: “Okaaay…” *whew* Them: “It’s in my car”

Me: “Oh good. What have you got it in?” Them: “I put it in a box, but the box had holes in so now it’s in my car somewhere” Me: “Ah” Me: “Let’s go take a look” *imagines having to spend morning dismantling a car* *secretly makes bet with self that it’s a corn snake*

Other guy: “I can just see its head in the footwell” Me: “So it’s under the seat?” Them: “Yep” Me: *looks in car, sees fraction of a head poking out from under passenger seat* Me: “It’s a corn snake.

“I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to unthread an adult corn snake from under a car seat, but there’s a lot of stuff for them to get wrapped round under there. Plus hot weather = active snake. Plus some corn snakes can be a bit nippy.

“But she was nice and calm and I got her. She’s had a drink, and is now having a little bit of a soak.”


Although the snake is safe and well, it’s still unclaimed, if you own or know who owns the snake please contact The Bangor Aye via Facebook or by email: info@thebangoraye.com

The snake is safe and well and being looked after at the Zoology and Biological Sciences department at Bangor University. (Photo John Mulley)