RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a dead royal python was found in a Treorchy lake.
The three foot snake was discovered on Sunday (24 May) in the lake, which is on a hillside at the end of Troedyrhiw Terrace in Treorchy.
RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “We don’t know how this snake came to be in the lake or if he was in the lake alive or had already died.
“We don’t know what happened – but he may have been dumped. We’re appealing for anyone with information about this to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”
It was also reported that a further two dead snakes were spotted in the lake but inspector Evans was unable to find them at the location.
The RSPCA is experiencing an increase in neglect and abandonment cases of exotic animals across England and Wales. In January, four royal pythons were found dead in a stream in Denbigh and earlier this month a boa constrictor was found dying by the side of a country lane near Haverfordwest with a severe head injury. Releasing an exotic reptile into the wild in the UK will cause them to suffer as they cannot produce their own body heat. It is also illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
These animals are increasing in popularity as pets. We are urging potential owners to thoroughly research what is required in the care of an exotic animal before taking one on, as they need to make sure they can give their animal the environment it needs and they have the facilities, time, financial means and long-term commitment to maintain a good standard of care, as required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).