AN ANIMAL charity has encouraged opportunity house owners to “imagine meticulously” before adopting unique pets right after seven snakes have been abandoned at a property in Heywood.
RSPCA inspectors have been identified as to an handle on Railway Road where they discovered a royal python and 6 corn snakes stored in inappropriate containers.
The animals’ prior operator had educated the charity and his landlord that he was relocating household and leaving the animals at the rear of.
Fortunately, the 4 grownup corn snakes, two baby corn snakes and the python were discovered in a excellent condition regardless of becoming held in makeshift plastic containers.
The charity said that quite a few people today are unaware of how substantially dedication a pet snake can be and encouraged potential house owners to undertake extensive exploration about their requirements right before adopting just one.
A single of the inspectors, Catherine Byrnes, reported: “While the requires of the snakes weren’t currently being fulfilled when we observed them in this assets they ended up in a very good situation and the operator had plainly been feeding them.
“The major corn snake was in a vivarium, but the other snakes were all in plastic containers of several dimensions with lids.
“To appear right after snakes you do need to have to present a dwelling ecosystem for them with enough heating, lights and humidity. We did obtain some heat mats in a bed room, but of course the operator hadn’t received all-around to working with them or housing his snakes thoroughly.”
The RSPCA also recommends house owners invest in an enclosure appropriate for the unique species and ensure it is retained protected.
Catherine included: “Potential owners want to believe cautiously just before they adopt snakes and other exotics simply because they are specialist animals.
“You need to have to have the accurate established-up to glance just after them and you want to comprehend you are accountable for finding them a suitable home if you are not able to keep on caring for them.
“We can assist out, but it is not that straightforward as animals like this can be hard to rehome.
“RSPCA inspectors are qualified in reptile managing, but we really don’t generally know what kind of snake we are dealing with.
“With breeding you can get coloured variations in species and you just can’t usually distinguish among anything that is venomous or not.
“We rather often have to mail pictures of the snakes off for identification.
Of program, none of these snakes had been venomous and they have been all taken into the care of Cheshire Reptile Rescue from where they will be rehomed.
“But it would be far better if people did their research and recognized their responsibilities in advance of adopting exotics this kind of as snakes.”
Potential proprietors can also speak to their neighborhood rescue who will present them with expert information