SCOTLAND’S biggest animal charity is seeking to find homes for dozens of exotic pets. 

These include snakes named Julius Squeezer, Hisstopher Walken and Rumplesnakeskin. 

The Scottish SPCA said exotics were often given up by owners who were unprepared for their needs. 

Recently, it found that a fifth of UK pet owners worry about feeding pets as the cost of living crisis continues to grow. 

The charity is caring for 45 exotics, including snakes, compared to just ten last year. The number of birds at rehoming centres has risen from 37 to 72. 

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Staff say that slithering Charlotte – whose species is native to west and central Africa – can be nervous but “when she is out and being handled she settles quickly”.

Those working in the charity’s Lanarkshire rescue centre have said that 1.5ft cornsnake Julius Squeezer “would make a great pet for a first-time snake owner” but did warn that he could grow up to 6ft, while they say Kingsnake Rumplesnakeskin is “always slithering about on display”. 

The number of ferrets given up rose from four to 33 and guinea pigs from a dozen to 61. 

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: “We have a number of exotic animals looking for homes across the society. 

“They are often some of our longest residents as they require a large specialist set up.”

He added that lots of people take in exotic animals “without realising the level of commitment and expertise required”.

Flynn continued: “However, if you’ve done your research and have the knowledge and time to care for them, owning one of these fascinating animals can be extremely rewarding. 

“Best of all, by adopting an exotic pet instead of purchasing one you’re giving a second chance to an animal who really needs it.”

A ferret named Screech is also looking for a home, described as an animal “with a very big personality” who loves salmon oil treats. 

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The Edinburgh and Lothians rescue centre is home to royal pythons including Robbie, Ryan, Robert, Rimi and Rennie as well as Snoop, a stray ferret. 

 Java finches Puffin and Muffin are also “on the lookout for their forever home” whilst bristlenose catfishes Craig, Scott and Amy – native to South America and Panama – need “a tropical set up in a tank with lots of places to hide”. 

Hisstopher Walken is another snake in need of a new home. He was described by staff at the Aberdeenshire centre as “skittish” but “ready to slither into a new home” with an experienced owner.