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Four-foot long corn snake found on a wheelie bin in Cardiff

Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The RSPCA were called to rescue a large corn snake from a wheelie bin in Cardiff.

The 4ft long, orange snake was discovered sitting on top of a green wheelie bin in the Cyncoed area of the city.

An appeal for information has now been launched in the hopes of finding the owner.

The snake was taken into the care of the RSPCA, before being transferred to a specialist reptile centre in Dudley where it can recover.

It is suspected the snake may have escaped from a property in the local area and was very cold and lethargic when it was found.

According to the RSPCA website, corn snakes can bite if under stress or if they smell food. However, their bites are not venomous.

We’re grateful to the caller who found the snake and got in touch – and the animal is now safe and being cared for at a specialist centre.

Sadly, RSPCA Cymru officers often deal with incidents concerning abandoned or escaped exotic animals.

It is so important people understand what they will need to do to meet the animal’s complex needs, and that accommodation is always secure, safe and appropriate.

– Gary Lucas, RSPCA Animal Collection Officer

Many of the snakes the RSPCA’s officers are called to collect are thought to be escaped pets.

RSPCA Cymru recommends owners invest in an enclosure suitable for the particular species and that the enclosure is kept secure, and locked if necessary, when unattended.

Reptiles, particularly snakes, are able to escape through a gap in an enclosure door or a loose-fitting lid.