The animal is believed to be an Indian cat-eyed snake or a boiga (credit: RSPCA)
They discovered the creature in a lorry on Tuesday, 26 November and called the RSPCA for help.
“Staff said the lorry had traveled from India so it’s likely the snake had been on board for more than 7,600km,” said Animal collection officer David Eckworth, who collected the animal.
“Luckily, this snake survived a very long journey despite no obvious signs that he had access to food, water or appropriate heat.
“The staff weren’t sure if the snake was dangerous or not but our staff at RSPCA Brighton Reptile Rescue, which is now looking after the 1ft-long snake, believe he’s an Indian cat-eyed snake, or boiga, which is mildly venomous.”
Experts are going to care for the snake until it is rehomed at a specialist keeper with the necessary knowledge and facilities to care for him properly.
“We get a number of calls every year to freight companies and holidaymakers returning from their travels when they find a secret stowaway stashed in their suitcase or hidden in their packages,” continued David.
“We’ve been called to snakes, lizards, frogs, spiders, and even scorpions! That’s why we urge all lorry drivers and tourists to check their packages and bags before closing up to head home.”
Anyone who discovers an unexpected animal is advised to treat them with caution and not to try to handle them.
If you have concerns for the welfare of an animal, contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.
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