A 5ft corn snake has been found by the side of a busy Staffordshire road, and two more may be on the loose.
The strange find was made on Monday (Oct 1) by a man travelling along the A513 near Orgreave Hall in Alrewas.
He pulled into a lay-by and saw a plastic box and inside could see the snake, which was fortunately a non-venomous species.
Two other plastic boxes containing shed snake skin were also found, therefore leading investigators to presume that there are two snakes roaming Staffordshire.
It is not yet known what the species of these two are, therefore leaving the potential that they are venomous.
The motorist alerted the RSPCA and animal collection officer Catherine Strawford was sent to retrieve the reptile, which is now in the care of the charity.
She said: “The cornsnake we found is very friendly but at 5ft long is quite a size.
“We will continue to monitor the area and in the meantime the RSPCA would always recommend that anyone who sees a stray exotic snake to keep a safe distance, call our helpline on 0300 1234 999 and monitor the animal until we can get there.
“I would appeal for anyone with information as to who is responsible to call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
Stephanie Jayson, senior scientific officer from the RSPCA’s wildlife department, added: “Many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on, which we believe may be why we are rescuing hundreds of reptiles every year.
“In 2017 the number of abandoned reptiles collected by RSPCA officers was 392. Abandoning a reptile or releasing unwanted exotic pets into the wild is cruel and illegal. Most exotic animals kept as pets are unlikely to be able to survive in the wild in Britain and non-native species could pose a serious threat to our native wildlife. It is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) to release, or to allow to escape, any species that are not normally native to the UK.”