Earlier this month, a London family was shocked when their nanny discovered a 5-foot-long python sleeping in their kitchen.
The reptile was discovered on September 13 on top of a kitchen boiler in a home in Tootingbeck, south London. daily express Report on Saturday. After spotting the reptile, the family’s nanny called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), an animal welfare charity that specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming or release of animals across England and Wales.
The RSPCA described the snake as “a bit thin” and took it to South Essex Wildlife Hospital where it was treated.
Animal rescue officer Abigail Campbell told BBC News the snake may have made its way to the boiler because “it’s the warmest part of the house and snakes need an external heat source to regulate their body temperature.”
“The nanny took it [us] When she got to the kitchen, she was afraid of snakes, so she stayed away. The nanny thought he entered the boiler room through a gap in the garden wall,” Campbell added.
According to the RSPCA, the python most likely escaped or was abandoned. The RSPCA said it was currently searching for its owner, adding that it was not unusual for them to be called in to collect an abandoned snake.
“We believe many people don’t realize how hard they go when they take in these animals, and we suspect the reality of caring for them has become too much in these cases,” Campbell said.
The RSPCA said it had put up “animal found” posters in the area in an attempt to find the owner.
Pythons have flexible jaws, rows of razor-sharp teeth, and an impressive array of features that make them formidable predators. Despite the potential dangers of living with pythons, some people still prefer to keep reptiles as pets.
However, for those who want to invest in caring for a reptile as a pet, the RSPCA advises that caring for them properly can be difficult and recommends extensive research before deciding to keep an exotic pet, while also warning that some species are not suitable for pets. Should be kept as pets.
“Exotic animals may have more complex needs than ordinary domestic pets. Many exotic pets require carefully controlled environments. For example, access to specialized heating and lighting to prevent them from getting sick,” the RSPCA says on its website.
Weekly newspaper The RSPCA was contacted for comment via email.
Meanwhile, this incident is the next of many snakes that continue to be discovered around the world. From a wildlife conservationist spotting a snake drinking from a dog bowl in Australia earlier this month to a snake trying to crawl up a home’s porch in North Carolina in July.