Gas Meter Reader Gets Trapped With Four-Foot Long Snake

Worker gets stuck for one hour with reptile.


Man Trapped In Basement By Four-Foot Snake!



You never know what you're going to come across during your daily work routine. Take the experience of one British gas meter reader, or gas man, who on Friday was going about his work checking the meters in the southwest London suburb of Surbiton. And when he passed through the local office of the British Heart Foundation, he stumbled across something far from the ordinary -- a four-foot long corn snake.

To make matters worse, the man, who has not been identified in reports, found himself stuck in the basement with the reptile for more than an hour with nowhere to exit, according to shop manager John DeCastro. With few options, he jumped on top of an air conditioning unit.

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The snake turned out to be harmless, but he of course the worker didn't know that at the time. He recounted to the Daily Mail his shock during the experience: "I turned around and said 'that's not a real snake,'" he said. But then it "just moved - don't touch it!"' was his reaction.

The day was then saved by the arrival of the local police. Sgt. Bob Whitehead was able to remove the snake. "I turned up, looked at it, had a look at the snake, and then basically went and picked him up by the back of the neck," he told Your Local Guardian. "I gave it a little bit of a poke with a paddle and it didn't react too quickly to that. I just stepped in and grabbed him."

The snake was then handed over to the local shop, Reptile Kingdom.

Working with animals is of course not part of the job description for either members of the police or gas meter attendants. But AOL Jobs has reported on the top 10 jobs for working with animals. See the list here.

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jeanpoetpicard

It was a corn snake. A harmless animal, in fact beneficial to humans due to their reluctance to bite, that they are constrictors not vipers and eat tons of rats.

October 07 2013 at 2:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

A wuss, pansy for sure. A harmless little snake, and a grown man so scared. If the snake wanted him, standing on a AC unit would not stop it.
Just pick it up and take outside,

October 06 2013 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aatriggs

The snake turned out to be harmless, but he of course the worker didn't know that at the time............................................................................. Does AOL employ any editors ?? If not, I'll take the job.

October 06 2013 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bones Rhodes

---no real sympathy for the trapped person: everyone should be able to identify dangerous snakes in their area. Still, some folks are deadly and unreasonably afraid of snakes: as one of my ( terrified of snakes ) friends says : " If it hasn't got shoulders, it's a cobra ."

October 06 2013 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keysdiesel2

Trapped? Really! Its a harmless 4 foot snake.

October 06 2013 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sdshantasi

If you don't know what kind of snake it is, and he didn't, it would be crazy to try to deal with it yourself. From some of these comments, if he'd tried to take care of it on his own and it turned out to be poisonous, they'd be saying why didn't he just wait for help.

October 06 2013 at 11:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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emeraldknightsky

That would be the first poisonous snake in history since snakes are venomous. And he's a pansy.

October 06 2013 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ez760

must of been wearing his gurly panties that day

October 06 2013 at 10:55 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
ez760

trapped by a harmless corn snake ? sad

October 06 2013 at 10:55 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
eulerckt

This is the REAL reason the sun finally set on the British empire.

October 06 2013 at 9:21 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Otter Creek BW

What a WUSSY....this guy must have had a sex change...no nads.

October 06 2013 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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keysdiesel2

yep, hes a liberal! Next thing you know we are going to have stricter snake control.

October 06 2013 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
emeraldknightsky

Nads tend to be the weakest part of a man, so he would be better off without them. As a girl, I've never had an issue with being such a pansy.

October 06 2013 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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