Large snake’s bid for freedom ends in Esquimalt

Metre-long corn snake found to have never left owner's apartment

A roaming metre-long corn snake has been found by its owner, one day after it slithered out of its enclosure in Esquimalt.

In a tweet early Wednesday, Victoria police said the reptile was found overnight in the same apartment where it disappeared.

Initial reports Tuesday labelled the snake as a boa constrictor, prompting safety concerns from investigators.

But Const. Matt Rutherford said police were able to confirm the creature is a usually docile corn snake.

Brightly coloured corn snakes mainly eat small rodents and are popular pets, although an online forum about the species pegs them as good escape artists.

The Canadian Press