Resident alarmed after large metre-long ‘foreign’ snake spotted slithering in garden

A lost metre-long snake has been spotted slithering around a garden in Gloucestershire, as people have taken to Facebook to find the owner of the serpent.

The scaly reptile was spotted this morning in a Stroud resident’s garden, report Gloucestershire Live.

Immediately taking to social media to find the owner, a post was made on the Dursley Natters page to ask if anyone could identify the animal.

To make matters worse, according to the poster, the snake is not native to the UK.

The Facebook post said: “Is anyone able to ID this snake? In a garden near Stroud this morning. About 1m long.

“Edit – based on markings, not one of the UK native species ( adder, grass snake or smooth snake – unless it is some very odd aberration).”

While there are three native snake species in the UK – adder, grass snake and smooth snake – the RSPCA said that only one is venomous.

Adders are declining across the UK and remain the nation’s only venomous species.

Meanwhile, grass snakes are fairly common in gardens across England and Wales. Smooth snakes are less common and localised to southern English heaths.

The RSPCA added that adders have a “distinctive zigzag pattern down their back”, with “red eyes and a vertical pupil”. They can grow to around 70cm.

Grass snakes are usually found with an olive green colour. They have a distinct collar behind their heads and are the only native snake species to lay eggs.

Smooth snakes are considered the least widespread of the three species. They are typically greyish brown in colour and have a dark stripe down the side of their face. They are also the smallest species – growing to around 55cm in length.