A snake, eight feet long, has been found in a field near a housing estate in Banbury.
The RSPCA was contacted on Saturday, 18 March by a member of public who had spotted the giant snake while out walking his dog.
The snake was an 8ft 6 inch, 12.2kg boa constrictor but it is unknown how the snake came to be in the field.
Deputy chief inspector Melanie Fisher said: “It’s hard to know for sure how this snake came to be in the field but I think the caller got a bit of a surprise. It’s not everyday you stumble upon an 8ft snake while out walking the dog.
“The snake may have escaped from a vivarium or may have been abandoned. Sadly she’s not micro chipped so we do not know where she has come from. She is still in our care and is now doing really well despite the cold weather.”
Snakes aren’t able to produce their own body heat and so being outdoors in the UK, especially during cold weather, can be really serious, as their body can’t function normally outside the correct temperature range.
If anyone thinks they may know who this snake belongs to, please call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.