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Second 10ft python rescued from same spot in South Cambridgeshire village - and RSPCA warns there may be more snakes out there




The RSPCA has rescued a second 10-foot python from the same area of a South Cambridgeshire village as the first - and the charity fears they may be more out there.

The reticulated python was found crossing the quiet country lane in Conington on Monday (August 30) yards from where one was spotted last Friday (August 27).

A second 10ft reticulated python has been loose down a country lane in Conington. Picture: RSPCA (50814618)
A second 10ft reticulated python has been loose down a country lane in Conington. Picture: RSPCA (50814618)

It is thought that they have both escaped from the same place, or been abandoned by the same owner, leading to the possibility that there may be others.

The charity has renewed its appeal for the owners.

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs, who worked with firefighters to rescue the first one from high in a tree, said: “Having rescued last Friday’s python, I couldn’t believe it when the call came through to say there had been another found in almost exactly the same spot. I’m afraid that’s no coincidence; it’s looking likely these poor animals were abandoned, or have escaped from the same place.

“This second snake was extremely cold when he was found, very much thinner than the first python, which is suffering from a minor health condition.

A second 10ft reticulated python has been loose down a country lane in Conington. Picture: RSPCA (50814620)
A second 10ft reticulated python has been loose down a country lane in Conington. Picture: RSPCA (50814620)

“Both snakes are now being looked after at a specialist facility and are under heat lamps to maintain a healthy body temperature.

“It is really concerning to think that someone has kept these pythons, then might have decided to abandon them in this cruel and callous way. I only hope that there are no more on the loose out there.

“As well as the dangers of low temperatures, harvesting in the nearby fields could pose a real hazard to any snakes left out there.

“We are now renewing our appeal for information and are extremely keen that anyone with any information about this gets in touch with us on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

He urged anyone in the Conington area to keep a look out in case there are other vulnerable snakes in the area.

The first python was spotted slithering across the country lane and climbed high into a tree.

The first 10ft python was rescued from a tree in Conington. Picture: RSPCA
The first 10ft python was rescued from a tree in Conington. Picture: RSPCA

These particular reptiles are unlikely to pose any danger to people, but the RSPCA recommends that anyone who sees an exotic snake to keep a safe distance, call the RSPCA helpline on 0300 1234 999 and monitor the animal until inspectors can get there.

The summer months are the most common period for snake rescues. They are more active in the warmer weather and owners may also take them outside to take advantage of natural sunlight.

The RSPCA encourages owners to ask their vet to microchip their snakes so that they can be easily reunited if found.

Snakes can become unable to feed or move if they get too cold, as they cannot produce their own body heat and rely on the environment to maintain their temperature. Coldness can lead to their immune system not working properly, meaning they can become ill or perish.

Firefighters were called to help rescue the first python spotted in Conington. Picture: RSPCA
Firefighters were called to help rescue the first python spotted in Conington. Picture: RSPCA

The RSPCA reiterated its warning that reptiles like snakes are a big commitment to own, and prospective buyers should research their needs thoroughly using expert sources.

These needs are essentially the same as they would be in the wild, and linked to certain behaviours, diets or environmental conditions that can be difficult to replicate in a home.

To support the RSPCA’s work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, visit its website or call the donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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