A family is hoping there will soon be an end to two weeks of fear their house is home to a snake.
The trauma began when Tammy Davies woke up in her Alvanley Road, Great Sutton home and found part of a snake skin on her bedroom radiator.
Aunt Carol Pinchin told the Pioneer: “We immediately took the skin to a snake and reptile rescue to have it identified and rung environmental health who told us to ring Plus Dane.
“They told us to ring environmental back, they told us to ring Chester Zoo, the zoo told us to ring Defra but nobody could do anything.”
The RSPCA were contacted but said they could not help until the reptile had been captured.
Chester Zoo has since confirmed, after analysis of the skin, that it is that of a milk snake.
One of Tammy’s four youngsters said she had seen the snake upstairs at the three bed terrace house.
“From how she described the snake it was in position to strike,” said Carol.
The snake was thought to be under the floorboards at the property and mice have been left around to coax it out with powder being laid to provide tracks.
New tracks emerged and a camera was to be set up.
Carol says she was shocked that people said absolutely nothing could be done and the family should look for the reptile themselves.
She is concerned she had to take to social media before action was taken.
Meanwhile the family, Tammy and her four children Jaycee, 15, Paige, 11, who has Down's Syndrome, Jessica, nine and Billy-Jay, two, have been staying in a one bed flat with Tammy’s mum in Little Sutton, returning to the house during the day.
MP Justin Madders has been contacted and his office is working hard to resolve the issue and help the family.
Carol’s husband Rik has taken time off work to remove floor boards at the property but Plus Dane is now bringing in their own reptile expert and has provided the family with two night’s accommodation in the Holiday Inn to enable all the floorboards at the house to come up.
Carol describes the head end of the skin as 2ft long.
“The main thing has been to get the kids in a safe place and get Plus Dane to listen,” says Carol.
“Whether its ‘just’ a corn snake or a milk snake to be fair no one who doesn’t understand reptiles would want to chance their kids getting bitten, I’m sure many will agree.
“I love all animals but there’s no way could I rest knowing it sleeps on radiators at night and plays under floorboards in the day and it’s not a baby one!”
Suggestions have been made the snake may have been brought in with a Wendy house from China but it is known the previous tenant of the property had snakes.
Nearly 300 posts have been made to the Pride in the Port website prompted by Carol’s concerns.
HGV driver Karl Pritchard says he has kept various snakes and offered to go round.
“The chances are it will be under floorboards, or where the boiler is as they need heat. If you need help just let me know,” he said.
Joanne Joines, who has had snakes for years, agrees they love warmth and says the family should make sure all heating and water tanks are off.
She suggests using a large hot water bottle in a corner as snakes are naturally attracted to heat.
“On a hot day check window ledges, they will bask in hot sun,” she said.
Technician Neil Griffith feels ‘it’s extremely unlikely to be anything venomous’.
Carol and the family are simply hoping the action being taken by Plus Dane will end their worries.