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Dad's snake terror in his garden.

A FATHER-of-three had a near hiss when he found a large black snake he feared was a deadly constricter in his back garden.

Mark Sampson was working outside his home in Ipswich when he spotted the 4ft snake under a railway sleeper. The 44-year-old caretaker, of St John's Road, said: "I was shaking and terrified. I was too shaky to photograph it and went indoors in a panic attack.

"I'm terrified of snakes."

Mr Sampson issued a cry for help on his Facebook page and also contacted his friend Kevin Wallace, who is a zoologist at Otley College.

Mr Wallace went round immediately to rescue the snake, lifting it into a sack. Experts are now trying to determine whether the creature is just a large grass snake or a Mexican Kingsnake.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 26, 2016
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