RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a California kingsnake was found under a sink in Rhyl.
The snake, around 2ft in length, was found on Wellington Road yesterday (14 May) by a surprised member of the public.
This discovery also follows a 5ft stray royal python being found in Llandudno last week.
RSPCA Cymru is continuing to appeal for information about the royal python and is now also looking for information to try and find the owner of the California kingsnake as well.
RSPCA animal collection officer William Galvin said: “This snake is young and healthy and has been taken to a specialist centre while we make enquiries.
“This snake is most likely an escapee so we hope we can track down the owner quickly. The owner of the snake, or anyone with related information, can contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
Many of the snakes the RSPCA’s officers are called to collect are thought to be escaped pets. The RSPCA 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.
The needs of snakes in captivity are just the same as they would be in the wild and it is vital that owners ensure their accommodation is always secure, safe and appropriate. Reptile owners must 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.
If anyone finds a snake they believe is non-native the RSPCA’s advice is to keep a safe distance, monitor the snake and call the charity’s helpline on 0300 1234 999.
For further advice and guidance on caring for exotic pets, see the RSPCA exotics web page: http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/other.
Should you wish to help the RSPCA investigate cases such as this one, you can donate online