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Dylan Davenport with an aesculapian rat snake of the kind breeding in the wild after escaping from Colwyn Bay' s Mountain Zoo Picture: RICHARD WILLIAMS
At some point the aesculapian snakes, which feed on rodents, must have escaped into the zoo grounds and started breeding.
It seems the April sunshine had coaxed the zoo's fabled Aesculapian snake to make an appearance at its adopted home high up in the hills overlooking the seaside resort.
About 50 Aesculapian snakes have been living in woods near the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay after a pregnant female escaped about 50 years ago.