MEET the only reptile rescue ambulance man in the Midlands!
Fred Adams may be 70-years-old but age hasn’t stopped him from putting his pedal to the metal answering calls to save cold- blooded creatures left abandoned or which can’t be cared for.
The Cheswick Green resident and his trusty Peugeot 307 station wagon are on call across the Midlands - with the police and RSPCA frequent users of his service,
“People will ring me and say ‘I’ve got a snake in my garden,’ ” said Fred from Cheswick Way. “Some need medical attention and we deal with Amicus Vets in Shirley as Roy, the vet, specialises in reptiles there.
“Then they are kept in quarantine at our base in Dudley at the Brockswood Animal Sanctuary.”
Fred is a member of the Proteus Reptile Trust, a charity with the aim of taking in and caring for sick, injured and unwanted reptiles from all over Britain.
He added: “We actually train RSPCA inspectors two days a week because reptile keeping has increased. They are expensive as well, anything from £65 up for a small lizard to hundreds of pounds. People need to do their homework.
“I’ve always kept snakes. My little granddaughter has two bearded dragons . It’s good for young kids, it makes them not frightened. I have three snakes, two milk snakes and a Californian King snake which you can’t keep with the others as they’re cannibals.”
Proteus Reptile Trust can be contacted on 08703 509501. The sanctuary is on 01902 674668.