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Teller number two, please: Bank staff rattled by snake in the queue

Scottish SPCA appeals for owner to get in touch after reptile slithers into Nationwide branch.

By STV News

Published 26 Jan 2016.

A snake on the loose shocked bank staff when it slithered into their Midlothian branch.

The Scottish SCPA is trying to find the owner of the 2.5ft corn snake, nicknamed Bansky, after the creature was found at Nationwide’s Dalkeith branch on Tuesday.

It is now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Balerno, Midlothian.

Animal rescue officer Melissa Maitland said: “Banksy was found in a storage area behind a filing cabinet by two staff members. They were initially very worried as they didn't know what kind of snake he was.

“Snakes are good escape artists so we think he may have strayed from an area close by. We are regularly called out to rescue snakes, particularly corn snakes, as they are a very popular pet that seem to be excellent at breaking out of their vivarium.

“Banksy is really friendly and has been well handled so we think there is someone out there missing him.

“We’d love to reunite Banksy with his owner if he has gone missing but if no-one comes forward we’ll find him a new home.”

Anyone who recognises Banksy should phone the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999999.