Many people take their dogs for a walk on Tod’s Piece in Uppingham, but one man likes to take a slightly scalier animal out with him.
Sean Smith, 36, of High Street East, Uppingham, can often be seen out and about with his royal python Reggie curled around his neck.
Sean was spotted by a reader on Tod’s Piece who wrote in to express his shock and slight concern at seeing the reptile out in public.
But Sean, a self-employed nightclub owner, said four-year-old Reggie was harmless and enjoyed a trip outside.
He said: “I take him out as much as I can. He likes it when it’s warm but he normally just sits around my neck. People often think he’s a scarf. Then they realise he’s moving.
“People get a bit freaked out when they see his head looking at them. But because he’s so lovely and really docile he’s fine.”
Sean, who is originally from Essex, has worked in several clubs and bars and has often taken Reggie to work with him.
Sean lives with partner Becky Thompson and her two children Toby, four and Lucas, five. Becky said: “The boys love him and he’s the friendliest snake I’ve met.”