A three-foot-long royal python has been found loose in a field in Essex, and the RSPCA are appealing for help to trace its owner.

The snake was found injured near Colchester on Tuesday 4 October. A local man took it home and called the charity, which is now providing specialist care at the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

The charity says it was in a poor condition, with scarring on its head which looks like it had been caused by burns.

It’s difficult to know how this python came to end up in the middle of nowhere but he wouldn’t have survived for long in the cold, October weather.

Donna Smith, RSPCA Collection Officer