A four-foot long adult corn snake has been found lying on a Cyncoed wheelie bin in Cardiff.
The discovery was made in the central Cardiff area on Wednesday (6 February), and RSPCA Cymru were contacted to come to the rescue.
An appeal for information has now been launched in the hope of finding the owner.
The large patterned orange snake was taken into the care of the RSPCA, before being transferred to a specialist reptile centre in Dudley
It is suspected that the snake may have escaped from a property in the local area, and was found very cold.
RSPCA animal collection officer Gary Lucas said: “This poor snake was found lethargic and very cold, after being discovered atop a Cyncoed green wheelie bin.
“We’re grateful to the caller who found the snake and got in touch – and the animal is now safe and being cared for at a specialist centre.
“It seems very possible this snake escaped from a property in the local area. The owner, or anyone with information, can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018. Anyone claiming ownership of the snake will need to provide proof.
“Sadly, RSPCA Cymru officers often deal with incidents concerning abandoned or escaped exotic animals.
“It is so important people understand what they will need to do to meet the animal’s complex needs, and that accommodation is always secure, safe and appropriate.”
Many of the snakes the RSPCA’s officers are called to collect are thought to be escaped pets. RSPCA Cymru would always recommend owners invest in an enclosure suitable for the particular species and that the enclosure is kept secure (and locked if necessary) when unattended.
Reptiles, particularly snakes, can be extremely good escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid.
Should you wish to help the RSPCA look into incidents such as these, you can donate online.