Snake warning branded ‘best sign in non-league’ but might put fans off for life

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Football fans are well-known for utilising the snake emoji on social media when it comes to a beloved player downing tools and heading to a rival club on a permanent deal.

Sol Campbell ditching boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur to sign for arch-rivals Arsenal, Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool for Manchester City and Cesc Fabregas publicly stating he'd never join London rivals Chelsea, there are certainly more than a fair few 'footballing snakes'.

But fans of Combined Counties Premier Division North outfit Wokingham & Emmbrook have a real cause for the slippery serpent icon as an area near their ground Lowther Road is home to grass snakes.

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"There were some grass snakes in that area of the Lowther Road ground and the club opted to keep the area unmowed and placed the sign accordingly," Andrew Batt, media manager from Wokingham & Emmbrook, told FootballInBracknell. "Just to be clear, it’s grass snakes, nothing more than that!"

Despite their non-venomous nature, grass snakes can still reach a whopping size of 180cm, making them the United Kingdom's largest native terrestrial reptile.

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It's also not the first time Emmbrook has hit the headlines for having a slippery customer. Back in 2009, veterinary staff were forced to take in a seven-foot python after police found it slithering along near a gutter on a busy commuter route in Wokingham.

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The former pet had seemingly been thrown out of a car while in its cage and was identified as a scrub python by London Zoo, where it was later kept until a new owner was found. Scrub pythons can grow up to 16 feet long and are known to have feasted on kangaroos and wallabies in the Australian outback.

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