The RSPCA is appealing for information after two snakes were found in plastic boxes in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
The snakes were discovered at a fly-tipping hotspot on Main Street, Boynton on Sunday (5 April), and the RSPCA was called yesterday (Monday 6 April).
RSPCA exotics officer Lucy Green said: “We don’t know whether these snakes were already dead or abandoned and left to die – one box had a hole in it so I would have thought if they were alive the snake in that box would have escaped.
“There was a water bowl in each box, which in both cases was empty.
“One box had one shed skin in and the other had several shed skins in, suggesting the snakes had been living in these boxes for a while.
“One of the snakes is a carpet python, the other appears to be a royal python but due to the state it was found in it is difficult to be sure.
“I am concerned that the owner of these snakes may have others due to the living environment they were found in. These plastic boxes, known as RUBs, are mostly used by owners with a large number of reptiles as they can be stacked in a racking system.
“If anyone saw anything specific, or knows who these snakes belong to, please call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”
Reptiles may look resilient and tough on the outside but they are actually completely reliant on their owners to provide the correct environment for the species, including heating and lighting, and an appropriate diet – all of which are essential to keep them healthy and allow them to carry out their natural behaviour. Without proper care they become ill or suffer and, in severe cases or if left untreated, they can die.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you can no longer look after your pet, there are options available. The RSPCA recommends that you contact the original seller or a local reptile rescue centre for help rehoming your reptile if you feel you are no longer able to care for them.
The RSPCA is continuing an emergency-only service through the lockdown period.
To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these in these unprecedented times, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid