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5ft Royal Python found by ‘startled’ resident in Islington

'It is thought he gravitated towards the cosy boiler cupboard to keep warm'

31 July, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

The five-foot Royal Python found coiled around a boiler

A “LARGE” snake was found by a “startled” resident in their home yesterday.

The police were called to the “house in N1” after a five-foot Royal Python was found coiled around a boiler – it is believed he had “gravitated towards” it to stay warm.

The reptile was taken to the Tolpuddle Street police station where he was held until the RSPCA were called to come and collect him.

A video of the Python in Putney Animal Hospital

The police later Tweeted that the brown and golden beast had been “releassssssed without charge.”

Lisa Miller, the RSPCA collection officer who picked up the python, said: “We’re not sure who owns the Royal Python but he is in good condition so could have escaped from his home, and gravitated towards the cosy boiler cupboard to keep warm.

“During the summer months, escaped reptiles have more chance of survival should they find themselves outside of the safety of their heated vivariums, but they can gravitate towards heat sources, as may have been the case here.”

Most snakes the RSPCA are called to are thought to be escaped pets, they said.

The RSPCA is appealing for information and hopes to find the owner but if no owner is found then the reptile will be rehomed.

Ms Miller said: “He is shedding a little bit of skin, and is around 5ft long. Anyone who has any information about him can leave a message for me on our inspector’s appeal line number by calling 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA advises that if a snake is found by a member of the public, they should keep a safe distance and contact them on 0300 1234 999.

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