Three baby pythons found in popular south London park

Three baby pythons have been found in a popular south London park over the past fortnight.

The repeated discovery of the serpents has prompted the local council to advise the public to keep an eye out for the non-poisonous creatures.

Parks police officers in Battersea Park said they believe an owner living nearby has abandoned the young snakes or their eggs in the grassland.

The royal pythons, also known as ball pythons, are commonly kept as pets. They are relatively small, good tempered and easy to handle.

Officers are appealing for the public to contact them if they have any information on who may be responsible.

Insp Stephen Biggs of Wandsworth Parks Police said: “If anyone has information about this we would appeal to them to come forward. 

“We have found three snakes so far and while they do not pose a threat to humans it’s important we establish if there are any more.”

He urged the owner to contact police, saying: “the park is no place for them and they are probably absolutely terrified to be here.”

He added: “I caught one earlier this week off North Carriage Drive and as I approached it, it simply curled up into a ball at the base of a tree and I was able to pick it up without any problem at all.

“We don’t think there is any risk to humans and we don’t want anyone to be scared or alarmed, but the sooner we can confirm how many are out there the better.

“In the meantime we are urging visitors to the park to keep an eye out and immediately tell us if they spot something.”

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