The warning comes after a stray 3.5ft corn snake was found loose in a wheelie bin in Stoke-on-Trent.
The surprised resident “jumped and screamed” after lifting the lid of his wheelie bin only to find a snake staring back at him.
And it’s not just confined to Stoke. Far from it – last year, RSPCA attended 16 snake-related incidents.
And as the Met Office has issued a red warning for Bedford for Monday and Tuesday, the charity is advising snake owners to be particularly careful and to double-check their enclosures are securely fastened.
Evie Button, RSPCA scientific officer, said: “Snakes are excellent escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door to make a break for it.”