4ft snake found at Radipole Lake

4ft snake found at Radipole Lake

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:41am 15th August 2019.

A royal python has been discovered at a nature reserve in Weymouth.

It was found by a member of the public last Wednesday. (7 August)

RSPCA Inspector Ken Snook, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity,  said:

“If anyone thinks they may know who this snake belongs to then we would ask them to get in touch with us by calling our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

“It’s difficult to know how this royal python came to be at the nature reserve, although I fear the snake was abandoned as the location is far from any properties from which he could have escaped.

“Sadly, this isn’t unusual. We are finding that many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on, which we believe may be why we are rescuing hundreds of reptiles every year."

Weymouth snake
Exotic pets such as snakes often end up in the RSPCA’s care after people realise they're not easy to care for.

"Snakes are completely dependent on their owners for the correct accommodation, heating, lighting and feed, all of which must replicate their wild habitat as closely as possible to keep them healthy and allow them to express their normal behaviour.

“Without proper care they can suffer from serious diseases, dehydration, injuries, parasites, and in severe cases or if left untreated, they can eventually die," said RSPCA Inspector Ken Snook.

The charity advises anyone who finds a snake they believe is non-native to keep a safe distance, monitor the snake and call the RSPCA  helpline on 0300 1234 999.