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Corby couple calling for an end to the trade of reptiles on Facebook

You can watch a report by ITV's Sarah Cooper below.

Jo and Jeremy Aldwinckle have set up a snake rescue centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A couple from Northamptonshire are warning people to think carefully before buying snakes.

Jo and Jeremy Aldwinckle from Corby have turned their dining room into a snake rescue centre. Since last summer they've taken in nearly 50 reptiles and now have a waiting list.

It comes as the RSPCA says it's rescuing a rising numbers of reptiles.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Jo is also warning about the frequent danger of buying snakes from people on social media, having paid £40 to rescue an anaconda from Chichester herself.

"I think it's becoming far too easy to buy. I could go on Facebook now, £300 - and I can go and get you a 14 foot female reticulated python, today, in the next five minutes. Not everyone's going to check, or ask you the questions, can you look after it? Have you got experience?"

– Jo Aldwinckle, Midland Large Snake Rescue and Rehoming
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