WATCH: A corn snake hiding in a Victoria storm drain may have quite the ‘tail’ to tell if one woman is correct about where it came from. April Lawrence reports.
Animal control was hopeful Friday would be the day they would catch the stubborn snake hiding in a storm drain under Quadra and Balmoral.
But after sending a camera into the pipe, they found the large coiled reptile hadn’t moved.
Now there is a theory about why it isn’t going after the dead mice being left for it.
“Based on the visuals that have come forward is that the snake is getting set to shed its skin so the moulting process is going on and that tends to make the snakes rather lethargic and uninterested in food,” said Chris Coates, Victoria City Clerk.
And that’s not the only thing we’re learning about the five foot corn snake.
It turns out the slithering stray may have a name, and a family.
“My gut just jumped when I saw him it was like seeing a missing child for me,” said Nicole Penrice.
Penrice’s juvenile corn snake disappeared three years ago while boarding with her friends in the Shelbourne area.
“We honestly don’t know how he got it, it was so snake proof, it was like he was Houdini,” said friend Justin Campbell.
The group always believed Mico was out there somewhere, and when Penrice saw the media coverage of Victoria’s ‘snake in a drain’, she was convinced.
“The pattern he had on his skin looks identical to the photos I have of him,” she said.
Victoria’s drain snake is estimated at five feet, which would fit with Mico’s age, but could a corn snake actually live on its own for three years?
“They can’t digest their food properly if it’s too cool and so in the winter time it’s going to be cool in that storm drain,” said Ty Hahan, owner of Creatures Pet Store which sells exotic snakes.
“I’m not saying they couldn’t possibly survive but it’s certainly not ideal,” he said.
Whether the drain snake is street savvy Mico is a mystery that will likely never be solved.
But if the ‘scales’ of justice are balanced, Penrice is hoping they’ll be reunited.
“Ideally I want to see him in a good home, somewhere where he’s safe, if it could be with me that would be cool,” she said.
If not, she hopes to just set eyes on him again, and she has that in common with Animal Control, who plan to check back on the resourceful reptile in a few days.