St Helens residents are being asked to keep a sharp eye out for a missing six-foot-long pet snake.
Merseyside Police issued the appeal after the royal python’s worried owner contacted officers to say it had gone.
The snake, which is dark brown, green and beige and between five and six feet long, was reported missing from an address on Edge Street on Saturday August 6.
Officers spoke to reptile experts and said the snake is most likely to be in the local area and probably in a warm place such as a rockery or a pot plant.
Police also stressed that royal pythons are not venomous.
Anyone who finds the snake should not try to handle it themselves but keep an eye on its location and ring Merseyside Police on the non-emergency number 101.