A second 10ft python has been found in a country lane, with the RSPCA urging people to stay vigilant in case there are more.
The first snake was spotted in Conington in Cambridgeshire on Friday, with the second found yards away on Monday.
RSPCA Inspector Justin Stubbs had likened the first incident, where the “huge snake” was rescued from up a tree, to Disney film The Jungle Book.
The second snake was seen “crossing a quiet country lane”, the animal welfare charity said.
2 reticulated pythons 🐍🐍 found days apart of one another in the same location near Conington, Cambridgeshire. We thought the 1st had escaped but since finding the 2nd, can only assume they may have been dumped 💔. Any info please get in touch with us. @RSPCA_official 73 pic.twitter.com/XYPLo3xoxu
— RSPCA Frontline (@RSPCA_Frontline) September 1, 2021
Mr Stubbs 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.
“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.