Two 10ft pythons found on UK country lane as RSPCA warns there could be more

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Two 10ft pythons have been found on a country lane in the UK as residents were warned there could be more.

The first snake was seen in Conington, Cambridgeshire on Saturday, August 28, while a second one was found metres away two days later.

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs told Cambridgeshire Live said rescuing the first "huge snake" from a tree was like a scene from the Jungle Book.

The second snake was seen "crossing a quiet country lane", the charity added.

Mr Stubbs said: "Having rescued last Friday's python, I couldn't believe it when the call came through to say there had been another found in almost exactly the same spot.

"I'm afraid that's no coincidence – it's looking likely these poor animals were abandoned, or have escaped from the same place.

"This second snake was extremely cold when he was found, very much thinner than the first python, which is suffering from a minor health condition.

"Both snakes are now being looked after at a specialist facility and are under heat lamps to maintain a healthy body temperature.

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"It is really concerning to think that someone has kept these pythons, then might have decided to abandon them in this cruel and callous way.

"I only hope that there are no more on the loose out there.

"As well as the dangers of low temperatures, harvesting in the nearby fields could pose a real hazard to any snakes left out there."

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He is urging people in the area to stay vigilant "in case there are more vulnerable snakes found in the same spot".

The RSPCA said that the snakes are "unlikely to pose any danger to people" but recommended that anyone who sees an exotic snake should keep a safe distance.

The charity is asking anyone with information about the incident to call its appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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