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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: -1°C

Texan snake discovered at St James's Gate

He’s been called JR, obviously.

STAFF AT DIAGEO Logistics Centre were delivered a surprise package from the US this morning…JR the Snake.

The snake had made its way into the container in Texas (hence the name) before being shipped to Ireland.

The Dublin SPCA were contacted and an ambulance was sent to rescue JR. He was brought to Bairbre O’Malley’s veterinary surgery because she is one of the leading authorities on exotic pets.

Luckily, O’Malley was able to confirm that JR is not a poisonous species. However, he is an unusual type of corn snake.

After travelling all that way, poor JR is underweight and dehydrated but the vet has promised to nurse him back to health at the surgery.

JR is one of many snakes and reptiles that the Dublin SPCA has rescued over the years but he is the first one from Texas. Some are still looking for homes and are currently staying in the animal rescue and adoption centre in Rathfarnham. For more information go to

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