A man was left in shock after nearly being hit on the head by a 3ft snake which came out of nowhere.
Chris Tredwell was out walking his daughter’s dogs when a massive snake fell from the sky and missed him by millimetres, nearly grazing his face.
The 75-year-old man was stunned after the snake nearly fell on his head while he was walking at Hartsholme Park in Lincoln.
Chris Tredwell, who had the slippery encounter while walking three dogs in the park over the weekend, said he saw the snake being picked up by a crow.
The bird then dropped the creature right in front of him when it proved too heavy for it to carry, reports Lincolnshire Live.
The reptile, which survived the fall and appeared to be a grass snake, was then quickly snapped by Chris, who added that he’d never seen one that big.
And though he visits Hartsholme Park regularly, Chris says its the first time he’s ever seen a snake there.
“I just wish I’d had my phone ready to take a photo of it in mid-air!” he said.
Recounting the baffling events, Chris said: “The snake landed right in front of me – it just missed me.
“It was too heavy for the bird to carry. It just appeared as if it was too heavy for it.
“I saw the crow pick something up and I thought ‘what’s it got? It looks like a piece of rope.’
Chris told Lincolnshire Live that he was shocked when he realised what had fallen before him.
“I was very surprised!” he said.
“Initially I didn’t know if it was an adder – which are venomous – so I was pleased to see the colouring of green and yellow which told me it was a grass snake.
“It’s as big a snake as I’ve ever seen and I’d never seen one in Hartsholme before.
“One of the dogs I was walking was very interested in what it was and then recoiled when the snake moved.
“I’m getting used to weird things happening what with Covid-19 and everything else going on but this is the weirdest thing yet!” Chris added.
The 75-year-old said the experience had left him looking around more carefully while walking at the park.
“I must admit I’m looking in different directions at the minute!” he said.
And according to Holly Kirk, who works at Lincoln Reptile and Pet Centre in Lincoln, what Chris witnessed was not a regular occurrence.
“It’s really unusual, Holly explained.
“It’s not unusual for a crow to try and eat it – they’ll eat just about anything.
“But grass snakes like to live in grassy areas but they’re normally quite secretive.
“They are pretty common but not in that circumstance!” she added.
The grass snake is one of just three species of snakes that are native to the UK and, according to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust,they aren’t dangerous to humans.
“The grass snake is our longest snake, but don’t worry if you find one in the compost heap – it’s harmless!
“During the summer, grass snakes can be spotted basking in the sun near their favourite ponds or swimming in the water.
The Trust adds that grass snakes can be up to a metre and a half in length – and that their predators include “a number of birds2.