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A shocked shopper dialled 999 after finding a six-foot Burmese Python dumped in Tesco carpark.

UNITED KINGDOM – The enormous snake was found on the lower level of the Tesco store in Burnley at 12.30pm Friday.

Police rushed to the scene and found it inside a plastic container labelled ‘Brazilian Rainbow Boa £170’. RSPCA officials, who also attended, believe the constrictor is ‘lucky to survive’ and is now being cared for at a specialist centre. A spokesman said that many owners dump reptiles after realising how difficult they are to care for and urged people to ‘do their research’ before buying the animals as pets.

Figures show the animal charity rescued more than 700 snakes over the past year. An RSPCA officer said: ‘This poor snake was abandoned in a Tesco car park and left in a plastic box in temperatures not suitable for an ectothermic animal.

Snakes aren’t able to produce their own body heat, so they rely on their environment to maintain their body temperature. ‘If they become too cold, they may be unable to feed or move normally, and their immune system will not work properly to fight disease, meaning the animal can become very ill. ‘Luckily, on this occasion the python appeared to be in a healthy condition.’

OgeneAfrican was told that snakes aren’t able to produce their own body heat, so they rely on their environment to maintain their body temperature. ‘If they become too cold, they may be unable to feed or move normally, and their immune system will not work properly to fight disease, meaning the animal can become very ill. ‘Luckily, on this occasion the python appeared to be in a healthy condition.’

RSPCA officials urge anyone with information about how it came to be abandoned to contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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