What to do when you encounter a pet snake is the topic of much discussion these days.
Many pet owners and veterinarians have learned to recognize and control pet snakes and other poisonous animals, but others say that pet snakes can pose a greater threat to people and pets than other animals.
Here’s what to do if you suspect a pet reptile.
Report a pet or non-pet pet snake to your local police department or poison control centre, if possible, or call your local humane society.
The ASPCA, the Canadian Association of Poison Control Centers and the National Association of Wildlife Veterinarians all advise people to keep their pets on a leash and on a fence or at least on a ramp.
Pet snakes can be aggressive and territorial.
If you find your pet in an aggressive or dangerous manner, call your nearest police or poison centre.
If you think your pet may have ingested a poisonous substance, take the pet to the nearest emergency room, emergency veterinary clinic or hospital emergency room.
There are also a number of pet and non-pets rescue groups that may be able to help you.
For more information on pet snakes: www.scotlandspiders.org.