This is the shocking moment building workers found a 14ft snake next to a popular pub in Scotland.
The huge reptile, believed to be a Burmese python, was coiled up next to a metal fence and the men thought it was dead – before it started to slither.
It comes amid fears there could be more on the loose in Greenock, Renfrewshire, after a dead one was found nearby.
Meanwhile three snakes and a cat were found dead in Lanarkshire woods in what the SSPCA branded an ‘very unusual incident’ just weeks ago.
The huge reptile was coiled up next to a metal fence and the men thought it was dead – before it started to slither
The live snake was found opposite a normally busy pub – closed due to the pandemic – and footage was posted online
The live snake was found opposite the normally busy Broomhill Tavern – closed due to the pandemic – and footage of it was posted online yesterday.
The clip shows one of the workers daring to approach the beast, before saying: ‘F****** hell man, look at the size of it.’
Locals joked about the find on social media, with one saying: ‘Greenock’s best gaff in the country no doubt, where else in Scotland has snakes kicking about it the now.’
Another said: ‘As if there weren’t enough snakes slithering around the streets of Greenock.’
And one more added: ‘Wouldn’t mind so much but I had a dream about being attacked in Greenock Tesco by a snake the other night.’
But others took the incident seriously, with one writing: ‘Either it’s lost or it’s been dumped there due to the pandemic,
‘May have cost a person to be on a low income and cannot afford the cost of running the snake bills – ie food medical care.’
One person posted: ‘Folks need to go on to snake and reptile groups, folks will help out rather than them being dumped. It’s too cold and they won’t last.’
And another added: ‘Wouldn’t be letting any pets out by themselves until this is sorted.
‘Also wouldn’t get too near any live ones as they can whip around and move quick as a flash.’
Police Scotland said officers had received reports of the video and had dispatched officers to investigate
A man appears to take away the huge python from the building site, with it crapped over his arm
Police Scotland said officers had received reports of the video and had dispatched officers to investigate.
The force said: ‘Police Scotland report that a large snake was found earlier today in Greenock.
‘The snake, which is approximately 14’ long is currently being examined and cared for at a local veterinary practice.
‘Local social media posts have highlighted this incident with photographs and commentary around the find, and at this stage there have been a number of other similar reports relating to snakes being spotted in the local community.
Footage of the dead snake emerged shortly after the live one, with it showing a python on a hillside overlooking the town
The video showed the dead reptile lying next to what appeared to be an egg on moorland
Inspector Paul Thompson at Greenock Police Station said: ‘Officers are currently dealing with the reports of a number of sightings of large snakes in the Greenock and Gourock area.
‘I would urge anyone who may come across a snake not to approach it, but to call police reporting its position.
‘At this stage we are carrying out local enquiries in order to establish if anyone is missing any snakes.’
The SSPCA confirmed it had received a call about the snake but said officers did not attend.
Abbey Veterinary Group confirmed to MailOnline the snake has been brought to them.
A spokesman for River Clyde Homes added: ‘Staff from the Environmental Team at Home Fix Scotland discovered a dead snake and immediately contacted the SSPCA.’
Footage of the dead snake emerged shortly after the live one, with it showing a python on a hillside overlooking the town.
The video showed the dead reptile lying next to what appeared to be an egg on moorland.
This post was first published on DailyMail.