An appeal has been launched for the owner of a snake found inside Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens to come forward.
The Scottish SPCA was called out to rescue the Californian king snake last Friday after he was discovered enjoying the warmth in the Garden’s palm house.
The two-foot long snake, which has been named Dermot, is being cared for at the charity’s Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald.
Assistant manager Katrina Cavanagh said it was possible that Dermot had been abandoned - but they hoped they could reunite him with his owner.
She said: “Snakes need heat to survive so it’s not surprising Dermot was keeping warm inside the palm house.
“We can’t be sure how he got there but it’s possible someone abandoned him, thinking it was a suitable environment.
“If this was the case it was very irresponsible as well as an offence.
“Snakes are really good escape artists though so there’s also a chance Dermot has gone missing from his home nearby and was drawn towards the heat.
“We’re asking anyone who recognises Dermot and knows who might have owned him to contact us so we can try to establish how he came to be there.”
The charity said it would rehome the snake if no-one came forward.
Anyone who recognises Dermot is being asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.