Sir – I was horrified by the story (Report, April 28) about a large snake being found abandoned in a wood near Oxford.

An RSPCA spokesman was quoted as saying that “the owners were very irresponsible”, which was probably the understatement of the century!

The irresponsibility clearly lies with the Government and animal welfare societies which allow private ownership of any wild animal, let alone the so-called ‘exotic’ variety. The natural eco-system of the whole planet is unbalanced by such a ridiculous Victorian concept.

A complete ban on the sale of wild animals and birds would be highly desirable.

Catherine Bull, Oxford