The RSPCA is appealing for information after two dead snakes were found dumped in a plastic box in Swindon.
The shock discovery was made by a member of the public, who found the bodies of the boa constrictors near garages in Pinehurst Road on Thursday 4 January before taking them to a vet and contacting the animal welfare charity.
The two snakes, who were found in the box alongside a heat mat and bowl, were both between 1.5m and 2m in length and were scanned for microchips but they did not have them.
The RSPCA has voiced concerns about the huge rise in the number of calls it has received in recent years about reptiles.
Nearly 7,000 calls about reptiles were received by the RSPCA in 2016, and over the past five years there has been a 71% rise in the total number of calls about reptiles received by the animal charity from 4,020 in 2011 to 6,888 in 2016.
In 2016 1,689 reptiles were collected by the RSPCA officers, which was a 23% increase in the five years to 2016.
RSPCA inspectors were recently called to give police in Bristol a helping hand after a 10ft boa constrictor was discovered in the back of a seized vehicle.