The RSPCA is investigating after two snakes were found dead in a playing field having apparently been dumped by their owner.
Both of the boa constrictors are thought to have frozen to death in the park in Coventry, and the charity suspects that they were abandoned at some point between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The snakes, measuring 5ft (1.5m) and 4ft (1.2m) in length, were spotted by a member of the public as they went for a walk in the area just off Woodway Lane on Sunday.
One was discovered in a bin liner, while the larger snake was found lying in the grass.
Inspector Helen Smith said it was “disgusting that someone has chosen to just dump their pets and leave them to die”, and described the actions of the owner as “callous”.
“Either these snakes were dead and someone decided to dump their bodies, or they were alive when the owner decided to get rid of them,” she said.
“It just seems too much of a coincidence that both snakes would have died naturally around the same time, so I suspect they were alive when they were left.
“The larger one appears to have been moving away from the bag but it was very cold on Saturday night and they wouldn’t have survived for very long.”
According to the RSPCA, snakes are unable to regulate their own body temperature and so they need to be kept at a specific temperature in order to survive.
Both of the snakes found on Sunday were also underweight.
Ms Smith added: “We believe people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are, and once they grow in size they can no longer cope.”
The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
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