38 Royal Python snakes have been stolen from a flat in St Helens.
Thieves broke in to the property on Greenfield Road on the evening of Monday March 16 and took a total of 38 snakes, including eight pregnant females and 11 young snakes.
Two men were seen leaving the premises with two sacks before making off in a dark coloured vehicle.
The Royal Pythons are non-venomous and extremely unlikely to pose any threat to the public.
Officers believe they will be offered for sale to people who are experienced in the handling of snakes locally or via the internet, and that the snakes are unlikely to come into contact with the general public.
Anyone with information that could assist the police is asked to contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 6843 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.