A stray pet beauty snake has been rescued by RSPCA Cymru in Swansea, prompting a search for the owner.
The snake was spotted by a member of the public, on her window ledge on Bedford Street, in the Morriston area of the city. It soon disappeared – but was later seen by a neighbour in a back garden, and RSPCA Cymru came to collect the animal. The rescue was completed last Thursday (10 August).
Anyone with any knowledge regarding who the snake may belong to is urged to contact the RSPCA, on 0300 123 8018. The snake is currently doing well in RSPCA care.
RSPCA Cymru understand the animal is a beauty snake – and is very tame, indicating a pet who has escaped or been released from a nearby property. The snake is olive-coloured, with darker spots across the skin.
Nic de Celis, RSPCA inspector, said: “We believe this to be a beauty snake. The animal is very tame which would indicate a pet which has escaped, or been released, from a nearby property in the Morriston area of Swansea.
“It’s vital that anyone keeping a snake ensures that the accommodation is appropriate and secure, to prevent accidental escape.
“We were first contacted after the snake appeared on a window ledge, but it swiftly slithered off!
“Thankfully, this snake soon turned up in a neighbour’s garden, and we were able to complete the rescue, transferring the snake into our care.
“We would love to reunite the snake with an owner – and we’re urging anyone in, or around, the Swansea area with pertinent information to contact us. Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018.”
Reptiles appear to have increased in popularity as pets and the number of related incidents dealt with by the RSPCA has gone up in recent years. They are completely reliant on their owners to provide the correct environment for the species, including heating and lighting, and so it is lucky this snake was found. RSPCA Cymru urges potential new owners to research and look into what is required in the care of their pet before taking one on, so they know what is involved and how long it is likely to be for.
Anyone who would like further information on how to care for exotic animals such as reptiles should visit: www.rspca.org.uk/exotics.
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