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A California Kingsnake Surprises Woman in Dublin

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Picture this: you come home after a long day’s work, ready to fall into your cozy bed, only to be surprised by a cold-blooded kingsnake between your sheets! This was the unfortunate reality of a woman in Dublin on September 8. This bizarre incident led to several events involving the local police and a pet store, trying to reunite the wandering snake with its owner.

A Surprise Under the Sheets

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The evening of September 8 was like any other for Sarah, a hardworking woman in Dublin. She returned home, tired but looking forward to a good night’s sleep. However, as she pulled back her bedsheets, she was met with a sight that left her in shock—a large California kingsnake!

The Distressed Call

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California kingsnake, its scientific name is Lampropeltis getula californiae. Image by belizar via

Startled by the unwanted guest, Sarah’s first instinct was to call the local police. The police quickly arrived at her home and shared her surprise at the rare encounter. Then again, who wouldn’t be?


A woman has found a California Kingsnake slithering around in her bed at her home in Dublin. The woman bundled the animal – native to the west coast of the United States – into a blanket and took it to nearby Kevin Street Garda station. The snake has since been rehomed at Shauna’s Pet Shop on Capel Street, and the hunt is on for his original owners. #snake #dublin #irelandtiktok #ireland🇨🇮 #newstalk

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A Royal Rescue Mission

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The Police Response

The police took care of the situation with expertise, much to Sarah’s relief. While the snake’s visit was unusual, California kingsnakes are non-venomous and harmless to humans. And the calm police officers took the snake from her bed, keeping both Sarah and the slithering visitor safe!

To the Pet Store

Having the snake safely in their custody, the police were pondering on what to do next. Their decision to take the California Kingsnake to a local pet store was crucial in reuniting it with its owner.

The Mystery of the Kingsnake

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A Snake Out of Place

California kingsnakes, Lampropeltis californiae, are typically found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, not Ireland! These snakes are known for their striking yellow and black bands on their bodies.

Escaping the Cage

The only explanation that makes sense for the snake’s unexpected visit to Sarah’s bed, is that it escaped from his enclosure in the area that she lives in. California Kingsnakes are known escape artists, and it must have grabbed the opportunity to explore the world beyond its cage!

The Quest to Find the Owner

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A Community Effort

All parties involved in this peculiar incident believe that the California kingsnake likely has an owner in the city who is missing their pet. To try and reunite the snake with its rightful owner, the pet store took to social media, posting a heartfelt message on their Facebook page, urging the local community to assist in spreading the word about the missing kingsnake.

The Hope of Reunion

As the story of the snake’s unexpected journey made its way through social media and local news, Dublin’s residents started to get curious. People began to wonder where the snake was from and how it had found its way to the quiet suburbs of Ireland.

Final Say on the Wandering California Kingsnake

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California kingsnake, its scientific name is Lampropeltis getula californiae. Image by belizar via

Not only does this California Kingsnake’s adventure highlight the interesting world of reptiles. But also acts as a reminder for all pet owners to be responsible and ensure their scaly friends are safely secured in their cages. While the Dublin community is hoping to reunite the snake with its owner, we are reminded that interesting stories can unfold in the most surprising places!

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