Police are warning parents in Lancashire to be aware that a boa constrictor has gone missing and small children could be at risk of attack.
The 8ft snake was reported missing from an address in Skelmersdale shortly before 9.30pm yesterday.
Police in Lancashire said in a statement to locals that though boa constrictors are not venomous and not usually aggressive, the snake could pose a risk to small children and pets by wrapping itself around them to seek warmth.
Experts have advised police that the reptile, which does not like noise, is likely to have "gone to ground" to find somewhere to sleep.
Inspector Mark Porter of Skelmersdale police said: "While we do not believe the snake is aggressive or would attack anybody, there is the potential for risk to small children or pets from the animal seeking warmth. I would urge anyone who sees the snake to get in touch so that it can be recovered safely."
Anyone who spots the snake should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1586 of July 22.