An investigation has been launched after three snakes were found dumped in a plastic shopping bag in a Dundee park.
The Scottish SPCA was alerted following the discovery in the Ballumbie area and has slammed the act as “cruel”.
A member of the public came across the bag and discovered the reptiles slithering inside at a local park.
The cornsnakes are now in the care of the charity’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Cardonald where they have been named Kaa, Shisha and Salazaar.
SSPCA inspector Clare Anderson said the snakes are doing well despite their ordeal on Sunday September 25.
She added: “Dumping them was very cruel as snakes need heat to survive and they would have soon perished had they not been rescued.
“They are all in good condition so it seems they have been well cared for until now, however, we are keen to trace the person responsible for leaving them in this way as abandoning an animal is an offence.
“If anyone recognises Kaa, Shisha and Salazaar or knows of someone in the area who recently owned corn snakes matching their description, we would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.
“We’ll continue to care for them until we can find them suitable new homes.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.