Man Finds Massive Snake Skin While Exploring The River Thames

You never quite know what you’re going to find when you are out for a walk along the River Thames. For one man, it was an unexpected find of huge snake skins.

It started during a mudlarking expedition, where Jason Sandy was looking in the river mud for valuable items.

He was near the Hammersmith Bridge when two shed skins were found. Considering how large they were, he was wondering what they could be.

Photo: Instagram/@jasonmudlark

Sandy posted the following on his Instagram account:

“YIKES! Yesterday I spotted this large snake skin on the foreshore. I couldn’t believe my eyes. A very large snake shed its skin, and it washed in with the tide. I felt like I was mudlarking along the Amazon River, not the Thames!”

Photo: Instagram/@jasonmudlark

He went on to say that a few years ago, they found a 5-foot-long boa constrictor near a bridge in West London. That was very close to where he was mudlarking. They were able to capture that snake, but now he is fearful that there may be more in the area.

Sandy also posted a follow-up to ask some viewers if they knew what type of snake it could be. Many said that a boa constrictor was likely the culprit, although it could also be another snake that has been seen in London, an aesculapian snake.

Photo: Instagram/@jasonmudlark

Boa constrictors are not poisonous but they are a formidable predator. Some of them can be up to 18 feet in length!

There are many who keep boa constrictors as pets, and unfortunately, they are sometimes released when the owner is no longer able to care for them.

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