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Snake found inside York Region high school’s photocopier

Toronto Star,
Evelyn Kwong,
December 7 2015

Harmless Dekay's brown snake was found inside the warm, dark environs of a copier at a York Region high school, according to the Toronto Wildlife Centre, which is now caring for it.

It’s common to experience paper jams in an office photocopier, but could the strange rumbling inside come from a living creature?

For an unidentified York Region high school, the answer is “yessssss.”

On Monday afternoon, a Dekay’s brown snake was found poking its head out of the school copier.

“He likely took refuge in the copier because it was warm and dark, a nice cozy place to live,” Toronto Wildlife Centre wrote in a post on Facebook.

The wildlife centre has created a new heated home for the snake to live until the weather warms up again in the spring.

According to the organization, Dekay’s brown snake are not harmful, and “do a great job at pest control in the garden,” eating slugs and other critters that harm plants.

It’s a relatively common small snake, growing up to just over 50 centimetres in length, and usually overwinters underground or in building foundations before coming out to breed in spring, according to ontarionature.org.

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