Snakes-on-the-loose warning as Dacorum weather hots up

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MORE pet snakes are escaping from their owners as the weather hots up, the RSPCA has warned.

Animal welfare officer Kate Wright has been called out to deal with about seven escaped snakes in Herts in the last month alone.

She said: “The warn weather tends to make them more active if they are out and about. But they are friendly, they are not vicious – and they are usually escaped pets.”

One of her latest call-outs was to deal with a domestic corn snake that was found near a block of flats in Northchurch on Thursday, June 28. The person who found it had steered it into a box and trapped it.

Mrs Wright said: “It could have been abandoned by its owner, but they are quite good at escaping.”

She added that corn snakes are good at removing container lids if they are not closed properly. Adult corn snakes grow to about five feet.

If you find what may be an escaped snake, do not touch it, but ring the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.