Feeds

Serpent imprisons rattled Yorkshire family

Confined to conservatory by toad-murdering adder

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

An East Yorkshire couple are awaiting the intervention of trained operatives to banish a toad-eating serpent which has confined them to their Withernsea home, according to this chilling report.

Steven Leathley, his wife Christine and son Shaun dare not venture into their garden lest they are set upon by an adder which prowls the undergrowth in search of prey.

Mr Leathley, 57, reckons the beast became trapped in his garden a year ago when he put up a new fence. He said: "I first saw it last year, my wife didn't believe me but I was convinced. I used to be a boy scout so I know what an adder looks like.

"Then, this year, I saw it bite a toad, some time in late spring. The snake moved its grip and the toad jumped off, it died elsewhere. I know it's an adder because grass snakes don't have teeth."

He added: "I've seen the adder twice, it's brown and olive green. We particularly don't go in the garden on hot days because that's when it's active."

East Riding Council and the RSPCA are aware of the viperine menace, but have moved with less than lightning speed to contain the threat.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "Unless there was an animal welfare issue, we would not take any action. The best thing is to do leave the adder alone, as snakes do not seek out human company and are more frightened of you than you are of them."

Paul Abbott, East Riding Council's public protection group manager, offered: "We are liaising with both Mr Leathley and English Nature, on this unverified potential adder sighting, to find a licensed individual to move the adder.

He concluded: "English Nature has advised us that if a snake has found its way into a garden it will find its way out and should be left undisturbed." ®

Bootnote

We like the idea of an "unverified potential adder sighting". Presumably, when East Riding Council gets a "verified existent adder sighting", it breaks the wax seal on its ophidian emergency protocol and sends in the helicopter gunships.

Oh yes - thanks to Neil Adamson for the slippery tip-off.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.