RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a one-foot long corn snake was found in a Cardiff garden. The snake was found on Manor Way, with the snake being discovered while the grass was being cut on Friday (5 June). Corn snake Cardiff July19RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil said: “The caller kindly asked around to see if anyone nearby had lost this snake, but has not been able to find out where he came from. “We’re now appealing for information to try and track down who owns this corn snake, who is very young and has an injured tail. “It must have been quite a shock for the person who was gardening, but luckily this snake is okay and hopefully we can find out where he came from. “The snake is currently at a vets receiving pain relief and is being monitored before being transferred to a specialist exotic centre. An x-ray has found soft tissue damage and a fractured tail which should heal. “I would appeal for anyone with information about a possible owner to call the RSPCA 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 RSPCA collects more snakes over the summer months. It is possible that some of these are escapees becoming more active in warmer weather. It is also possible that this could be due to snakes having more opportunity to escape, if owners take them outside to take advantage of the natural sunlight. It is possible to microchip snakes and the RSPCA would recommend that owners ask their exotics vet to do this, so that snakes can be easily reunited if lost and found. 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.