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Snakes alive! Or not…
2nd May 2018

By Lloyd Lugsden



A terrified woman called the RSPCA after finding a two-metre-long ‘snake’ in her garden.

But when animal collection officer Monica Faloona arrived at the home in Dartford, London, she found it was a two-inch-long caterpillar!

“This poor person was clearly beside herself with fear and stayed upstairs and wouldn’t come down at all,” said Monica. “I went out to the garden unsure what kind of snake I would find. But I was a little surprised to see a very tiny box placed over what was meant to be a two-metre long snake – to my surprise I actually found a beautiful elephant hawk moth caterpillar. They’re much larger than your usual caterpillar, but I don’t think we’ll ever find one two metres long.

“Even when I explained to the caller that it was just a caterpillar, she was still very traumatised and scared, so I decided the best thing to do was to remove the little fella and release him at another location. It’s just all in a day’s work!”