I heard this on the radio yesterday. The DSPCA has appealed for people to be on the lookout for snakes. It appears that the recent hot weather has "energised" pet snakes and they have gone walk about, or slither about. People are asked to not approach a snake if you see one as you will just frighten it away. People are asked to contact the DSPCA who will come and rescue the reptiles, they have rescued 10 already. At most people can drop a basin on the snakes and put a stone on top.
No offence DSPCA but if I see a snake and I've got a basin in one hand and a rock in the other, I'm going to skip the basin and go straight to the rock.