A 6ft boa constrictor and possibly an even larger snake could be on the loose in a historic English village.
Snake owner, Shannon Surch, made a worrying appeal on Facebook a week ago for help locating her pet snake Bo.
The giant reptile broke out of its tank at their home in Mesham, Leicestershire and he hasn't been spotted since, reports Leicestershire Live.
On Sunday (July 26) a walker came across some snake skin which appeared to have been recently shed in Swannington, over five miles away.
However, the search for Bo took an even stranger turn when the walker posted a photo of the skin she found on a local Facebook group.
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Asking Shannon if it might be from snake, she replied saying Bo's skin sheddings would be smaller, which means the skin must have come from a different snake.
So the fear is that two large snakes are out there somewhere.
The Swannington walker said in their post: "There is a 6ft boa missing from Measham. I found this in Swannington tonight, just want to make people aware!!"
In her reply on Spotted Whitwick, Shannon wrote: "Just to let you all know this isn’t his shed – the lady has sent me more photos of it and it’s definitely a lot bigger than my boy."
The walker later said she thought the skin she found belonged to a python.
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One person commenting said: "Oh that's put my mind at rest then…. not."
One man added: "How the hell does something like that escape?
"I mean, what have they been doing, taking it for a walk and he didn't come back after being let off the lead?"
Some joked about the missing reptiles. One said: "Looks like a few cats are about to become breakfast."
Another said: "Anyone got Ace Ventura’s number?"
But some people were worried about the snakes being out there.
One said: "I’m never leaving the house again."
According to Wikipedia, pythons are non-venomous and their main danger to humans is that they can carry diseases, causing things like sepsis and meningitis.
Boa constrictors, meanwhile, also stick to a diet of small animals and are also non-venomous, grabbing their prey with their teeth before wrapping their bodies around them to stop the flow of blood. Larger boas have been known to hunt animals as big as ocelots.
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