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Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Warm weather snake warning
snakes
Snakes are more active in warmer weather
The RSPCA has warned people to watch out for snakes after a number were found on the loose in London.

A six-foot-long black and yellow bull snake - found covered in mud on waste ground - and two corn snakes have recently been caught in the capital.

Animal experts believe the warm start to May has encouraged the reptiles to escape from their owners.

They also say that snakes that have escaped over the winter and then hibernated, will now be stirring in the sunshine.


If possible you should try to cover it with a bucket and call the RSPCA

Laura Tutin
RSPCA
A member of the public spotted the bull snake in Clapham, south London, last week, and it was rescued by RSPCA inspectors.

RSPCA supervisor Laura Tutin said: "I think the snake escaped from its owner's house rather than being dumped as it was in good condition and quite plump.

"We believe this one was well handled by its owner, because they can hiss and bite and be aggressive if they are disturbed, but this one is quite tame."

She also warned anyone who spots a snake not to touch them.

"If possible you should try to cover it with a bucket or something and call the RSPCA," she said.

The number to call is 0870 5555999.

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