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Appeal after four pythons found dead in Denbigh stream

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after four royal pythons were found dead in a stream in Denbigh.

The snakes were found in a clear plastic bag on 5th January Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The snakes were discovered by a dog walker on Tuesday 5 January. They were found partly submerged in a stream below a footbridge on a public footpath.

It is thought they were probably kept as pets and then abandoned.

The snakes were found in a stream under a bridge on Grove Road between Denbigh Police Station and Denbigh Magistrates Court. Credit: RSPCA Cymru

Staff at Denbigh Police Station were alerted by a member of public who discovered four snakes in a nearby stream.

The RSPCA was called and we recovered the four dead snakes from the location. They were royal pythons of different colours and one of the snakes was inside a clear bag.

We don’t know what happened here or where these snakes came from, so we are appealing for anyone with information about these snakes to contact the RSPCA Inspectorate Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018.

– Jenny Anderton, RSPCA Inspector

This is the second incident involving dumped royal pythons in a week.

Last week, the RSPCA were picked up 12 royal pythons from outside a veterinary surgery in Plymouth but only one survived.

The animal charity says it is experiencing widespread neglect and abandonment of exotic animals across England and Wales.

Releasing an exotic reptile into the wild in the UK is also illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The RSPCA says it will also cause them to suffer as they cannot produce their own body heat.

The RSPCA says its experiencing widespread neglect of exotic animals in England and Wales Credit: RSPCA Cymru

We are urging potential owners to thoroughly research what is required in the care of the exotic animal before taking one on, as potential owners need to make sure they can give their animal the environment it needs and they have the facilities, time, financial means and long-term commitment to maintain a good standard of care."

– RSPCA Cymru