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The RSPCA is trying to solve the mystery of 16 snakes found dumped in a pillowcase outside a fire station – days after 13 royal pythons were found in the same spot.

Rescuers who found the reptiles abandoned outside Farringdon fire station in Sunderland said the act was “cruel and callous”.

The first nest was found on Thursday inside two Buzz Lightyear pillowcases after a member of the public spotted the bedding moving. One of the snakes has since died.

One of the 13 snakes died. Pic: RSPCA
The 13 snakes found on Thursday
The snakes were found dumped inside two Buzz Lightyear pillowcases. Pic: RSPCA
The snakes were found dumped inside two Buzz Lightyear pillowcases

A further 15 corn snakes and one male carpet python were found in two pink pillowcases inside a bin on Saturday.

RSPCA inspector Heidi Cleaver, who rescued the snakes, said: “I couldn’t believe it when the call came through to say there had been even more snakes found in the exact same spot.

“These snakes had been left inside the bin so they were incredibly lucky they didn’t end up in the landfill.”

Ms Cleaver said the snakes – which were abandoned as Storm Dennis battered the country – need heat and light to survive.

She added: “It is really concerning to think that someone has had around 30 snakes or more which they have decided to abandon in this cruel and callous way.

“It would have been very stressful for the snakes to be in such close proximity to each other as well.”

The RSPCA is urging anyone with information to come forward. Pic: RSPCA
The RSPCA is urging anyone with information to come forward

Snakes cannot produce their own body heat, so need the right conditions to maintain their body temperature.

They may be unable to feed or move normally if they become too cold, and their immune system will be low.

The RSPCA is appealing for information from anyone who might know about the snakes.

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