Rabbit and chicken owners in Cambridge have been warned to be vigilant following the escape of a nine-foot reticulated python.
The non-venomous snake is unlikely to pose a threat to human life but could make small animals like rabbits and chickens its prey.
Police in Cambridgeshire received reports that a snake had been spotted near Lovell Road in Cambridge. In the early hours of Sunday morning officers attended the area but failed to spot the animal.
The snake’s owners have been located and provided police with details on the animal.
Steve Allain, chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group said the escaped reptile poses a threat to rabbits, chickens and potentially dogs and cats but added that the latter two pets are more like to be able to defend themselves if attacked.
Mr Allain said the threat posed depends on when the animal last ate.
“We don’t when it last fed or how hungry it is or how determined it is to find a meal,” Mr Allain said.
Mr Allain said the “snake could be anywhere” and would be easier to locate during the colder winter months when it would seek warmth.
“With the hot weather this weekend, it will be comfortable in most places. During the winter, the first place you would look would be in and around cars where they seek the warmth of the engine.”