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Snake let loose in Corning



Corning, New York — On Saturday, a snake has been set loose in a residential part of Corning.

The snake is non-venomous and poses no threat to the public, but still might draw concern from local residents. It was identified as a California Kingsnake. It was seen in the area of Chemung Street and 5th Street in Corning.

According to the staff at Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira, it was most likely someone’s pet that got too big and was released. The snake is not adapted for the climate here in the Twin Tiers and wouldn’t be able to live in this environment. The snake has been described as being two and a half feet long and has a black and white pattern.

This type of snake could become aggressive when agitated.

Tanglewood has agreed to take the snake if caught, but use caution when doing so.

A large container with a lid on top and proper air holes would be best used to house the snake if someone is presented with the chance to catch it.