The SPCA is appealing to the public to find the killer of a snake that was found decapitated earlier this week.
The body of the boa constrictor was found in a field in Mayfield, Edinburgh, on Monday.
The reptile was in a large plastic storage box including its severed head and it is believed the box was thrown out of a moving car.
The necropsy (animal autopsy) shows the heavy-bodied snake was decapitated alive. The operating vet excludes the possibility of the snake having to suffer, saying that it was one clean cut and other wounds found on the body were sustained post-mortem.
Due to its otherwise healthy bodily condition it is believed the animal was someone’s pet.
A boa constrictor can reach up to 13 feet in length, with a maximum weight of 60 pounds. They are the breed most commonly killed for snake skin fashion products, such as bags or shoes.
Anyone with information should contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.