The RSPCA is appealing for information after four exotic snakes were left to die in plastic boxes in Bridgemary,in Gosport Hampshire.
The upsetting discovery was made by a member of the public, who spotted two sealed plastic boxes in undergrowth near Mountbatten Close on Monday.
The boxes contained a python and three boa constrictors who had been left without food or water for some time.
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Karen Gregor said, “The poor snakes had been left hidden in undergrowth in plastic storage boxes that have been clipped shut.
“They were found by a member of the public who had been geocaching who contacted the RSPCA after discovering there were snakes in the boxes.
“Sadly they were in a really bad condition. They were all very thin, and had been left without food, water or heat. I rushed them to an exotic specialist vet who was sadly unable to save them.
“We don’t know how long they had been there or who dumped them and would encourage anyone with any information to come forward and let us know, in complete confidence, on 0300 123 8018.
“It sickening to think someone simply left these snakes to die. There is never an excuse for abandoning an animal and we urge people to ask for help if they are struggling to cope.”
The RSPCA currently has dozens of rescued reptiles in its care looking for homes with knowledgeable and caring owners. For more information on rehoming reptiles see: https://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet
or contact RSPCA Sussex on 07815 525 578 to speak to their specialist reptile centre team.