A snake found by restaurant employees in downtown Brussels prompted an intervention from the fire department on Tuesday.
Firefighters came to the establishment at around 3:40 PM after they were alerted by restaurant staff that there was a snake inside.
The snake measured around 80 centimetres long and was captured by the department’s special animal rescue team, spokesperson Walter Derieuw said in a statement.
Derieuw said the reptile was a corn snake, a non-poisonous species which poses no danger to man and which generally feeds off rodents, which it kills through constriction.
After capturing the snake, which is thought to have escaped from a terrarium, the fire department handed it to animal protection group LRBPO, which focuses on birds but also takes in other species.
The Brussels Times