Police are searching for a slippery character in Cambridgeshire following reports that a 9ft-long snake is on the loose.
Officers were initially told the reticulated python – which is the longest species of snake in the world – was seen around Lovell Road, Cambridge.
In the early hours of Sunday, police said on Twitter that they had visited the area and met the reptile’s owner, who confirmed the snake measured nine feet in length.
Reticulated pythons are native to south-east Asia and can grow up to 31.5 feet, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. They are not venomous.
In May, Cambridgeshire Constabulary found a large orange and black striped corn snake out and about.
‘Road policing officers got a bit of a shock this morning when they came across thissss snake in the grass on Arbury Road in Cambridge,’ police said on Twitter at the time.
The snake was taken to a wildlife centre in Stretham.
Anyone who sees the latest snake is asked to notify police on 101.