Appeal after snake found in Roydon park

News / Wed 26th Jan 2022 pm31 01:40pm

A MEMBER of the public found a snake in a box in a car park off Beaumont Park Drive, Roydon.

They took the snake home in the box and kept it warm and called the RSPCA for help.

RSPCA Inspector Emma Beynon attended the location and collected the snake – but while she was putting up a found poster in the car park she noticed another box and on checking found another corn snake inside – but sadly this one had died.

Emma said: “We are very grateful to the member of the public who found the snake and took the reptile home to keep them warm. It was such a cold day there was no way the snakes could survive in that weather.

“I took the surviving snake to South Essex Wildlife Hospital where it is recovering. 

“I am appealing to anyone with any information regarding these snakes and would urge them to contact our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

“The car park was quite busy and there would have been lots of people using it for the school run and pick up so I would ask if anyone saw anyone leaving the boxes to please get in touch.

“The snakes were in boxes left beside the clothes bank and recycling bins.”

The RSPCA would always recommend that anyone who sees an exotic snake to keep a safe distance, call our helpline on 0300 1234 999 and monitor the animal until we can get there. 

Sadly it is not unusual for the RSPCA to be called to collect snakes that appear to have been abandoned as people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when purchasing them. 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. 

The RSPCA urges prospective owners of reptiles to 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.  For more information about the care of corn snakes please visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/other/cornsnake.

Our rescue teams will be out in all weathers this winter, rescuing animals from abuse, neglect and suffering.  To Join the Winter Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/rescuexmas 

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