You know how you've always had an unreasonable fear that snakes live in the sewers beneath your feet even though snakes are not even native to where you live, and they could totally come up your drain at any moment to attack you? Residents of Victoria, BC are living your far-fetched paranoia and have been tormented by a five-foot snake that has been stuck in a drainpipe beneath the city, eluding capture for over a week so far.
City workers have been climbing down the sewer attempting to coax the reptile out, which is reportedly a benign corn snake, by baiting it with dead mice and heat pads. But, according to according to The Province, all their efforts have done so far is successfully given the beast a couple of snacks. On Friday, the snake shed its skin, which was pulled from the storm drain the reptile is hanging out in.
"The understanding is once the molting process is finished, the snake gets back to its more conventional level of activity," Victoria city clerk Chris Coates told CBC. According to Coates, crews will continue to monitor the snake every day.
While the snake continues to squat in Victoria's sewers, a woman named Nicole Penrice, among others, has come forward claiming ownership of the animal. Penrice claims the snake's name is "Mico."
"He use to climb in and out of our drains (he particularly liked the bathtub), but he always returned for food. One day he didn't return, and we haven't seen him since," she told CBC in an email.
"I haven't seen him since I was 18, but I always had a feeling that he'd be alright... We frequently joked about how he'd be as large as [an] anaconda by the time we found him."
Thoroughly disturbed by this account, VICE has reached out to Penrice for comment, but has not heard back yet.
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