Couple pine for lost snake

By Mike Lewis in Local People

A SOLVA couple are pining for the return of Piney, their 6ft pet snake, which went missing from its home two months ago.

The runaway reptile - a non-venomous Louisiana pine snake - has been spotted on a number of occasions up to four miles away from the home of owners John and Josie Hiscock.

Describing Piney – whose gender is unknown – as “a lovely tame snake” Mrs Hiscock said they could not believe how far it had travelled.

“My husband carries it around on his shoulders and takes it down to the school,” she added.

Piney was spotted by ex-Wales footballer Ian Walsh on the coast path in Solva on 25 June.

It was later seen three miles away at St Davids Bunk Barns on 17 July.

Rob and Christine Griffiths almost collared the snake by forcing it into a container, only for Piney to manage to escape.

The following day later, Piney was spotted slithering near Trecenny Farm in St Davids.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority said they had been made aware of sightings of a non-venomous pet snake on the coast path.

“Members of the public are advised to avoid the snake, but if it is spotted to notify the authority on 01646 624800,” she added.

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