An urgent appeal has been made to find a missing python who has escaped – from a third floor flat.
Three foot long snake Peralta has sparked panic after vanishing from his vivarium two days ago.
Owner Libby Hayman said he was locked up securely and is baffled at how he was able to escape.
She has now issued a desperate plea for people in her home city of Exeter, Devon, to help her find him.
She said: “He is still missing and I’m becoming more and more worried. He’s no threat to anyone or anything as it seems to have scared almost everyone in my local area even though he’s a soft baby.”
Libby said she lives on the third floor in a block of flats with balcony doors and believes he could have scale down the building into the outdoor bushes.
She was running a bath for him when she noticed he had gone and is worried as he needs an ointment for a scale problem.
Libby added: “My sweet boy decided to do a disappearing act on me.
“It’s highly possible he could of gone outside as the doors were left open for a few hours before I noticed he wasn’t in his viv.
“He’s a almost two year old butter pastel ball python, he’s a gentle fella but can be very anxious and shy.
“He’s a loved family pet and my two young daughters are already missing him and wanting him home.
“If anyone comes across him please don’t be scared of him or startle him and contact me immediately.”