The RSPCA has renewed its appeal for information after 16 more snakes were abandoned in pillowcases in Sunderland.
There were 15 corn snakes discovered inside one pillow case and one male carpet python inside another, which had been abandoned inside a bin behind Farringdon Fire Station on Saturday (15 February).
It comes after 13 royal pythons were discovered inside two pillowcases on Thursday and sadly one of the snakes died.
The snakes, discovered on Saturday, were rescued by inspector Heidi Cleaver and taken straight to the vets.
Despite being dumped, the 16 snakes were in fairly good condition. They were taken to a vet to be checked over before going to a specialist reptile centre for further care.
The RSPCA is urging people in the area to stay vigilant in case there are more vulnerable snakes dumped in the same spot.
Snakes aren’t able to produce their own body heat so they rely on their environment to maintain their body temperature. If snakes become too cold they may be unable to feed or move normally, and their immune system will not work properly to fight disease, meaning the animal can become very ill.
Reptiles often end up in RSPCA care after people realise they're not easy to care for, or once the novelty wears off. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on, as their needs are just the same as they would be in the wild and are fundamentally linked to certain behaviours, diets or environmental conditions that can be difficult to replicate in a home.