A THIEF has stolen a snake from a Batley house.
The seven-foot common boa constrictor was stolen by a burglar who broke into the house in Bankfoot Place through an upstairs window.
Now police are appealing for the return of the reptile, which they fear could die unless it is kept in proper conditions.
Det Con Russ Conlon said: “Snakes need to be housed at a certain temperature and with proper care and if this has been stolen as a ‘trophy’ I fear it may die.
“The owner wants the snake back as soon as possible. If it was let loose and it was hungry, it would hunt for food and could pose a risk to pets.
“We are appealing to anyone who may have heard people bragging about a snake or who knows someone may have acquired one in recent days to get in touch”.
Anyone with information should ring Dewsbury Police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.