Wandsworth police have found an abandoned snake in Battersea Park.

Two police officers caught a snake in the park after receiving calls about a loose python on Friday, June 1.

PC Wiggs, armed with a specialist bag to catch the reptile, and PS Compton, arrived at the park gates on Friday night, where they quickly spotted the snake.

The pair leapt into action and PC Wiggs swiftly put the snake into the bag, naming her Prunella (Scales).

The reptile was taken safely by a Serpent Express trailer to the RSPCA animal hospital in Putney, where she was given a clean bill of health and will be transferred on to a specialist reptile centre for further care.

This is not the first time PC Wiggs has caught a snake, previously catching a python in the park who he named Monty.

Wandsworth Park Police and Wandsworth Council's Parks Police have received a few calls to Battersea Park for abandoned pythons. It is possible that several have been dumped there over time, or that they're all part of the same family.

If you see a snake, keep a safe distance, keep the snake in your eyeline where possible, and call the RSPCA's helpline on 0300 1234 999.