A SNAKE found in the back garden of a home in East Acton Lane has been rescued by the RSPCA and an appeal launched to find its owner.

The Western Hognose, a snake originating from North America, was spotted close to where the family’s children were playing in their garden.

RSPCA Inspector Phil Norman said: “The family got quite a surprise when they spotted the snake.

“After containing it in a large jam jar, they went online and identified it as a Western Hognose. These reptiles are named after their distinctive upturned nose, and this one was around 18 inches long. 

“We suspect this hognose may have escaped from a vivarium nearby so we are very keen to try and reunite it with the owner.

“If you believe this is your snake please contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA collects more snakes over the summer months. This is probably due to them becoming more active in warmer weather. 

Insp Norman added: “If this snake isn’t a stray, the alternative is it may have been abandoned. Sadly, this isn’t unusual.

“We would urge anyone struggling to cope with their pet to contact their local vet or rescue centre and ask for help.”

The rescued snake is being cared for at a specialist boarding centre and, if its owner isn’t found, it will be put up for adoption.