Snake who went on the run for a whole year is reunited with owner

A young corn snake has been reunited with his owner after going missing a year ago.

Adventurous Emett managed to survive in the great outdoors after escaping from his home in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

The reptile was eventually found in a residential area nearby and handed into the Scottish SPCA's animal rescue and rehoming centre in Glasgow on 2 October.

The animal welfare charity issued a public appeal on social media and was delighted to track down Emett's owner.

Rachel Mansfield, assistant manager at the centre, said: "We were shocked when the owner revealed he had been missing for a year.

"As Emett was just a tiny baby when they got him, he had managed to get out through a small gap.

"Snakes are notorious escape artists and can often squeeze through much smaller spaces than you might think."

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Ms Mansfield said it was "amazing" that the snake had managed to survive outside for a year.

She added: "Since being home Emett has enjoyed a nice bath, a good meal and had a good full shed too.

"We're always delighted to reunite an animal with their owner, whatever shape or size the animal might be."