Corn snake and python found dumped at Binham Priory

The python in the box it was found in.

The python in the box it was found in. - Credit: Archant

Two snakes have been dumped in the ruins of an 11th century priory in north Norfolk - one alive and one dead.

The corn snake, which has survived

The corn snake, which has survived - Credit: Archant

A live corn snake and the body of a royal python were discovered in a box outside the gatehouse at Binham Priory.

It is not known how long they had been there before they were discovered by villager.

RSPCA inspector Dean Astillberry said: 'It was by pure chance that a member of the public happened on these snakes as they were not obvious.

'The spot where they were found was very remote - and they looked at a first glance like some rubbish dumped by the ruins. It must have been quite a shock to look in the box and see two snakes there.

'Who knows what prompted someone to dump these snakes in this way, but it seems likely that they could have been pets that were no longer wanted. It was too late for the python - who was already dead.'

Royal pythons originate from the much warmer climate of North Africa and in captivity require carefully controlled temperatures to mimic their wild habitat, in order to survive.

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'When people just dump them like this, without any consideration for their needs, they are likely to suffer and die,' said Insp Astillberry.

'Sadly the RSPCA is experiencing widespread neglect and abandonment of reptiles as for many people an exotic animal represents too much of a commitment. We would encourage people who are thinking about taking on an exotic pet to research the needs of the particular species thoroughly and ensure they can meet them at all times and for its entire life.'

Anyone with information about the snakes should call 0300 123 8018.