August 31, 2016 11:33 am
Updated: August 31, 2016 11:39 pm

Venomous snake captured in Ontario conservation area

WATCH ABOVE: A venomous snake has been caught in Durham Region after likely being released by its owner. The Copperhead snake was spotted at Greenwood Conservation Area on Aug. 28. Ashley Carter reports.

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A venomous snake that was the subject of a hunt in a wooded area east of Toronto has been captured.

A spokeswoman for Ajax, Ont., says the copperhead was recovered Wednesday evening by experts from the Indian River Reptile Zoo and is being transported to their facility in Peterborough, Ont.

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The town’s manager of bylaw services, Derek Hannan, said the snake was spotted over the weekend and signs had been plastered around Greenwood Conservation Area warning hikers about the copperhead.

Parents were asked to keep their children close and dog owners had been warned to keep their pets on leash.

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In Montreal, animal emergency experts are also trying to catch a snake on the loose.

The python, which is more than one metre long, has been on the lam for a week after escaping from a home in the borough of Verdun.

Authorities believed they had located it in a crack in a wall in a home but the snake, which goes by the name of “Lady,” was not there.

Lady is not venomous.

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