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Dandy the snake

Dandy the snake

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Animal lovers are being encouraged to consider giving a home to an exotic animal.

Staff at the Scottish SPCA’s centre in Hamilton are currently looking after 15 snakes and six terrapins.

And while knowledgeable owners are being encouraged to come forward and offer the creatures homes, first time snake owners can also apply.

Centre manager Peter Fleming said: “Some of the pets in our care were found as strays and never reclaimed, while others are here because their owners could no longer look after them.

“Unfortunately we seem to struggle to rehome exotic animals and don’t receive many enquiries about our snakes or terrapins.

“With snakes especially, a lot of people are put off by their appearance, but we know there are plenty of reptile enthusiasts out there who will appreciate them for the stunning creatures they are.

“Corn snakes can make great pets and can even be suited to first-time snake owners as they are generally quite docile and good to handle.

“Dandy the corn snake (pictured) is our longest resident who has been overlooked for a whopping 607 days.

“Our terrapins are the most challenging creatures to find homes for as they can be more expensive to care for once you factor in the cost of set up, electricity and feeding. Some can remain in our care for a year or more.

“We’d like to hear from anyone who is sure they have the time, knowledge and resources to offer one of our exotics a fresh start.”

Anyone interested in offering an exotic pet a new home can call the centre on 03000 999 999.

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