Snake on the loose in Weston town centre captured

PUBLISHED: 15:21 30 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:21 30 August 2019

The snake was found by a member of the public in Oxford Street. Picture: RSPCA

The snake was found by a member of the public in Oxford Street. Picture: RSPCA

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A snake has been rescued by the RSPCA in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

The corn snake was spotted on Wednesday on the pavement in Oxford Street by a member of the public, who called the animal welfare charity for help.

The RSPCA is appealing for information to help reunite the 60cm reptile with its owner.

RSPCA inspector, Hayley Lawrence, said: "We're keen to find out where the snake has come from, and if possible reunite it with an owner.

"As there is a possibility this snake has escaped from someone's home, it is a good reminder to snake owners to ensure their animals' accommodation is secure.

"Snakes are not only good escape artists, they, like other exotic pets, are completely reliant on their owners to meet their welfare needs and so can be challenging to care for.

"Anyone thinking of taking on that responsibility needs to thoroughly research what it entails before deciding to commit to getting one."

The corn snake was in fine health and bodily condition when rescued and has been taken to an RSPCA centre.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "We urge prospective owners of reptiles, such as snakes, to thoroughly research the needs of the particular species and what is required in the care of the animal, using expert sources.

"People should only consider keeping a snake if they can ensure they are fully able to provide for these needs.

"The needs of reptiles can be challenging to meet because they are just the same as they would be in the wild and are fundamentally linked to certain behaviours, diets or environmental conditions which can be difficult to replicate in a domestic environment.

"It is important for owners to ensure they can give their animal the environment it needs and they have the facilities, time, financial means and long-term commitment to maintain a good standard of care, as required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006."

Hayley added: "Sadly, reptiles often end up in the RSPCA's care after people realise they're not easy to care for or once the novelty wears off.

"Others are rescued after they have been abandoned, escaped or been released on purpose, which then could be a risk to our native wildlife."

Anyone who recognises the snake, or who knows the owner, should contact charity on 03001 238018.

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