The RSPCA is appealing for information after the bodies of a royal python and a monitor lizard were found dumped in woodland in St Albans on 10 January.
Both animals, each around a metre in length, had clean incisions all the way along the undersides of their bodies and their internal organs were missing.
A passer-by made the gruesome discovery in a wooded area on Park Street Lane in the town. The royal python’s head and the monitor’s back legs were missing but this was thought to be as a result of a wild animal scavenging after the reptiles were dumped.
However, the cuts to their bodies are thought to have been caused deliberately with a sharp instrument.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “We don’t know for sure if the reptiles had already died before being cut open or indeed if the person who dumped them was the same person responsible for cutting them, but they may have suffered a great deal.
“Reptiles have specialist needs and it is both sad and disturbing that these have been dumped in the woods.”
Those with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.