Giant Snake Ssssssseeen in Northampton?

10 March 2010, 07:04 | Updated: 10 March 2010, 08:39

One of the largest types of snake in the world may be lurking in the undergrowth at a nature reserve in Northampton.

Police say they got a call on Tuesday from someone saying they'd seen a very large snake at Lings Wood nature reserve. 

It's believed it may be a green Burmese python and could be several feet long.  That species is one of the largest in the world and can grow upto 20ft long in the wild.

However, it depends on the warmth of a tropical climate and owners of such snakes in the UK have to keep them in special tanks which regulate their heat.

It's thought the snake may have been a pet which has been abandoned by its owner.

A police spokesman told Heart "People are advised not to approach it.  Keep a safe distance away and call the police on 999 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999."