Family trapped indoors by poisonous adder living in their garden
A WITHERNSEA family say they are too scared to use their garden because there is a poisonous adder living there.
Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Steven Leathley, his wife Christine and their son, Shaun, who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, are confined to admiring the garden from the conservatory at their home in Carrs Meadow.
The family say they have called East Riding Council and the RSPCA, but so far no-one has been prepared to come out.
Mr Leathley, 57, 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.
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"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.
"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."
Mr Leathley believes the adder was trapped in his garden when he had a fence built a year ago.
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."
East Riding Council's public protection group manager, Paul Abbott, said: "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.
"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."