An Australian carpet python was the star attraction at a gay club in Manchester last weekend.
The 1.8m snake had been dumped and left to die in a rubbish collection area outside the club.
Fortunately, Kiki (named after the bar) was discovered in the early hours of Sunday morning and has since been re-homed by a friend of the staff.
Bar manager Adam Edwards, 27, said: “The whole thing was bizarre. The staff who found it thought it was dead because it was coiled up so tight in a plastic box.
“Luckily we have a doorman who keeps snakes and he was able to identify what it was straight away, so we knew it wasn’t a biter.
“He checked the snake over and could tell it had been looked after. There was a label on the box saying it had only been bought from a pet shop a month ago.
“It loved being handled. It’s sad it had been dumped but it made for an interesting night for us in the bar.”
The RSPCA has released CCTV footage of a man they believe to be the culprit.
“The snake had no water and was left in a small box in a plastic bag in sub-optimal temperatures for the breed,” an RSPCA spokesperson said.
“To dump a snake in this way is unnecessary and is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
“There are plenty of vets, pet shops and charities that would take in any unwanted animal rather than leave it to come to harm or die in such a cruel manner.”