A LARGE snake was spotted slithering across the rooftops of people's homes after escaping in the early hours of this morning.

The slippery serpent shocked a number of Ribble Close residents who didn't expect to see a "massive snake" and believed it to be a trick of the eye.

One said a snake of that size outdoors is "absolutely horrendous" and "not safe."

Daily Echo: A large snake was spotted slithering across rooftops in Chandler's Ford after an early hours escape A large snake was spotted slithering across rooftops in Chandler's Ford after an early hours escape

Southampton Reptile have confirmed the snake in question is an Albino Burmese python and it is believed to be around 18 foot long.

This comes after animal charity RSPCA warned exotic pet owners to keep their snakes securely contained as hot weather can make the animals very active and more likely to escape. 

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RSPCA scientific officer, Evie Button said: “Snakes are excellent escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid to make a break for it.

“Last year, we took over 1,200 reports about snakes, with the highest number of calls coming in during the summer months.

"This is not surprising, as snakes become more active during hot weather. So we would urge all pet snake owners to be extra vigilant at this time of year, invest in an enclosure suitable for the particular species and make sure that enclosure is kept secure - and locked if necessary - when unattended."

Daily Echo: The large snake spotted outside someone's house in Chandler's FordThe large snake spotted outside someone's house in Chandler's Ford

She added: "The RSPCA urges prospective owners of reptiles such as snakes to thoroughly research the needs of the particular species and what is required in the care of the animal, using expert sources.

"People should only consider keeping a snake if they can ensure they are fully able to provide for these needs."

The snake has since returned home to its owners following its great escape. 

If anyone finds a snake they believe is non-native, the RSPCA’s advice is to keep a safe distance, monitor the snake, and call the charity’s helpline on 0300 1234 999 or a local reptile charity will also be able to help. 

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