COPS was left behind in hisses after a member of the public presented them with a cardboard box containing a 6 foot snake on their reception counter.

Northumbria police were shocked when a woman dropped the large cardboard box at her desk at Forth Banks Station in Newcastle City Center.

    The snake was found by two women in Newcastle who managed to get the snake in the pits

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The snake was found by two women in Newcastle who managed to get the snake in the pits

It is believed that the snake, now called Sandra, is a suspected albino corn snake and was found in an alley off Dean Street in Newcastle when it was discovered by a passerby Wednesday around noon.

She and a friend were able to put it in the cardboard box before taking it to the police, as they did not know where else to go.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Our front office staff are used to unusual parcels, but they were shocked this morning after getting a 6-foot snake.

"They were confused when a large cardboard box with holes drilled through it was handed over by a crowd member.

    The snake, which is believed to be an albino corn snake, was named by officers Sandra

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The snake, which is believed to be an albino corn snake, was named by officers Sandra
    The women handed the snake to the police in a large cardboard box

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The women handed the snake to the police in a large cardboard box

But their confusion soon turned to horror as they realized that the massive reptile had a kip.

After overcoming the first shock, the snake got a new name from Sandra from Forth Banks' front office staff before the RSPCA finally came to pick her up this afternoon.

"They will now take care of the animal until they can reunite it with its owner or find a new home."

Corn snakes are native to North America and kill their prey by wrapping themselves around the victim and strangling it rather than with a venomous bite.

According to the RSPCA, they usually live between 10 and 15 years of age and feed mainly on mice and are quite common as pets as they pose no danger to humans.

It is a good job that none of the policemen had a hissing attack on the snake.

Yesterday a man was discovered sitting on a mobility scooter in South London holding a snake in his left hand.


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