Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 3ft snake which was spotted in Bury St Edmunds this morning.
The reptile, which police say could possibly be a boa constrictor, was seen on a footpath in Sextons Meadows, Bury, at around 9.40am.
Andy Robbins, of the RSPCA, said: “If it is out there, chances are it’ll be a pet.”
He said snakes need a lot of specialist care and, if the snake was outside, it would likely be looking for ‘somewhere a bit warmer’.
He said: “They’re cold-blooded creatures so any snake would want to try and find somewhere where it’ll keep warm. The weather’s getting a bit colder and boa constrictors aren’t indigenous species so are not necessarily used to this temperature.”
Mr Robbins urged anyone who sees a snake to ‘err on the side of caution’ and not approach it.
His advice is to call the RSPCA’s national control centre - which is manned 24 hours a day, every day of the year - on 0300 1234 999.
Boas are native to tropical forests in South America and can grow up to 9ft in length. They are not venomous but squeeze the life from their prey before swallowing the body whole.
Police are asking people who see the snake to call them on 101.