WATCH: City of Victoria crews made a spine-tingling discovery in a city storm pipe and they caught it on camera. April Lawrence reports.
Animal Control officers have tried a snare, mice, and now heat, but so far nothing is charming out a lengthy reptile playing ‘hide and snake’ in a city drain pipe under Quadra and Balmoral.
The coiled caper began Wednesday when city crews, investigating a nearby section of sunken pavement, sent a camera into the storm drain.
And it came face to face with a 1.5 metre reptile, which experts have since identified as a corn snake.
“Corn snakes are a typical pet store snake, they’re non-venomous so they can’t hurt you,” said Senior Animal Control Officer Ian Fraser.
But word of any kind of reptile lurking under the pavement had pedestrians a little freaked out.
“That’s a little bit terrifying I’m actually a little bit afraid,” said one man walking by.
For anyone in the area who’s afraid the large snake is going to climb up their shower drain in horror movie-like fashion, the city says this snake is in a storm drain, not a sewer drain, so that would be impossible.
No one has reported an escaped corn snake, so it’s unclear where it came from and just how long it’s called the city storm system home.
“There’s water down there, there’s food down there so for a snake it’s a great environment,” said Fraser.
But hopefully the heat and food will entice the former pet into the trap Animal Control has set up and the rest will be hiss-tory.
They plan to check the trap Friday morning.