A village that was already on high alert after a woman’s boa constrictor escaped may now have bigger things to worry about after the skin of an even larger snake was found.

Residents of Measham in Leicestershire were concerned by reports that a six foot boa may be on the loose near their homes last week.

Owner Shannon Surch, 27, put out an urgent appeal, warning others not to leave animals unattended after her much-loved pet, known as Bo, popped a vent on his tank and slithered out an open window.

A walker thought they may have discovered a clue as to Bo’s whereabouts when they found a huge skin that had been shed on the ground in nearby Swannington on Sunday.

But Shannon was quick to point out the skin was far too large to belong to Bo – raising fears that a second, even bigger, snake may also be on the loose.

It is thought the skin might belong to a python, which can grow as big as 30 foot.

Shannon had previously tried to reassure others that boas are not venomous and Bo has never attacked anything that is living. But the snakes can kill animals for food by squeezing them to death.

In her latest update, the pet shop worker confirmed Bo is still missing but says she is ‘positive’ he will be found.

His disappearance has been reported to Leicestershire Police, Twycross Zoo, and the RSPCA.

She believes that the snake will be hiding somewhere as he doesn’t like being in the open and has asked people to keep an eye out.

Steven Allain, from the British Herpetological Society, told the BBC he did not think Bo would have gone far.

‘It’s quite warm, but it’s not the tropical temperatures this snake needs,’ he said.

‘It won’t have experienced the natural world before so it will probably be in sensory overload that we can imagine would be similar to us getting a migraine, and it will just want to hunker down somewhere.’

Mr Allain reiterated that Bo ‘won’t be a threat’ because Boa constrictors are ‘quite tame, placid snakes and will probably be more scared of people than people are of them.’

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