THE RSPCA has voiced concern for an abandoned royal python missing near Shard End Lake in Kingfisher Country Park in Birmingham.
A member of the public found the snake called the animal welfare charity but had been unable to stay with the python until the animal rescuer arrived.
Unfortunately, the charity’s inspector has since been unable to locate the snake and is now appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “We’re really worried about this snake out in the cold weather and are appealing to anyone who has spotted the royal python to contact us so we can help bring the snake to safety.
“Snakes aren’t able to produce their own body heat so they rely on their environment to maintain their body temperature.
“If snakes become too cold they may be unable to feed or move normally, and their immune system will not work properly to fight disease, meaning the animal can become very ill.
“No matter what the reason, abandoning an animal alone and in a situation like this is never okay. There is no guarantee that an abandoned animal will be found or not become hurt or lost.
“If someone is struggling to cope there are lots of charities who could help and we would urge you to ask for help.
“Unfortunately, this sort of thing isn’t unusual and we receive numerous calls relating to exotic pets, like snakes and lizards, some of which have been abandoned by their owners.
“Snakes often end up in our care when owners realise the commitment that is involved in meeting their needs and keeping them healthy. This is why we’re always saying that people should do their research before taking on a pet.”
The RSPCA urges prospective owners of reptiles to thoroughly research the needs of the particular species and what is required in the care of the animal, using expert sources, and only consider keeping one if they can ensure they are fully able to provide for these needs. For more information about the care of exotic pets please visit www.rspca.org.uk/exotics
If the snake is spotted again, call 0300 123 4999.