Heatwave triggers RSPCA snake alert

That RSPCA advises exotic pet owner to safely contain their snakes as hot weather can make the animals very active and more likely to escape.

reminder to be more vigilant, the animal welfare is preparing for a surge in stray pet snakes caused by the extreme temperatures.

That warning comes as a stray 3.5ft corn snake was found loose in a dustbin in Stoke-on-Trent last week (7th July). The surprised resident described how he “jumped and screamed” after lifting the lid of his garbage can and finding a snake staring at him.

The Argus: This corn snake was found in a garbage can. Image: RSPCAThis corn snake was found in a garbage can. Image: RSPCA

Last year the RSPCA received 1,219 reports of pet snakes in need, with the number of calls in the hottest months of June, July and August reaching a rate of about 180 per month – an average of nearly six per day.

As the heatwave continues this year, the charity is advising snake owners to take extra care and check that the animals’ enclosures are securely fastened.

RSPCA Scientific Officer Evie Button said: “Snakes are excellent escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door or a loose fitting lid to pause.

“Last year we took over 1,200 reports of snakes, with most of the calls coming in during the summer months. This is not surprising as snakes become more active in hot weather.

“As such, we would urge all pet snake owners to be extra vigilant at this time of year, investing in an enclosure appropriate for the species in question and ensuring the enclosure is kept secure and locked if necessary when left unattended.” is.”

Another reason more snakes escape in the summer is because some owners take them outside to take advantage of the natural sunlight. Although sunlight is good for reptiles, the RSPCA urges owners to ensure their pet is safe when doing so, as they can warm up and move around very quickly on a sunny day.

Evie continued: “It is believed that many of the snakes for RSPCA officers to collect are escaped pets.

“But unfortunately we also have to deal with a lot of abandoned snakes. We find that many people are unaware of the level of commitment these animals take when adopting them and we believe this may be why we have to care for hundreds of animals each year that are sadly abandoned if their owners can no longer meet their needs.

“Exotic pets like snakes often end up in the care of the RSPCA after people realize they are not easy to care for or the novelty wears off. Others are rescued after being abandoned or intentionally abandoned, which could then pose a threat to our local wildlife.

“Unfortunately, our recently published Animal Kindness Index found that the cost of living crisis is a major threat to the welfare of pets in the UK and we would urge anyone who is struggling to manage their pets to contact their local veterinarian or to contact his rescue center and ask for help.

“Reptile needs can be difficult to meet because they are the same as they are in the wild and are fundamentally linked to specific behaviors, diets or environmental conditions that may be difficult to reproduce in a home environment.

“The RSPCA urges prospective owners of reptiles such as snakes to thoroughly research the needs of the particular species and the requirements for caring for the animal using expert sources. Humans should only consider keeping a snake if they can ensure they can fully meet those needs.”

What to do if you find a snake

If someone finds a snake that they believe is not native, the RSPCA recommends keeping a safe distance, monitoring the snake and calling the charity’s hotline on 0300 1234 999, or a local reptile charity can also help.

For more information on what to consider before adopting a snake, see RSPCA website.

To support the work of the RSPCA, you can online donation.

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