A six-foot boa constrictor snake has been found in a field in Norfolk. 

The reptile was discovered on a footpath in Shipdham on Monday and is now in the care of the RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch.

A representative for the RSPCA said on social media: "This beautiful boy was brought in to us on Monday after being found in a field.

"He's about six-foot long, weighs 7kg and we've affectionately named him Severus Snake."

The snake was cold and underweight when he arrived at the centre and had a small injury.

Boa constrictors are non-venomous but powerful snakes, often bred in captivity. 

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They can live for up to 30 years and grow throughout their lifetime, generally weighing in at more than 45kg. 

It is not the first snake to be found on the loose in Norfolk this year - a walker got a shock after finding a brightly-coloured North American snake wrapped around a tree in Diss. 

Severus Snake will be waiting at the RSPCA centre for his owners to claim him for the next seven days before the rehoming process begins. 

Anyone with information can contact the branch by emailing woof@rspcanorwich.org.