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Python found slithering inside family's oven

Nov. 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

BLYTH, England, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A British woman said her family was shocked when a 2-foot python was discovered inside their oven shortly after it was used to cook a pizza.

Karen Jackson, 41, of Blyth, England, said her daughter saw the snake inside the oven about two hours after the appliance had been used to cook a pizza, The Mirror reported Thursday.

Jackson said the animal, later identified as a royal python, apparently hid in a cool spot toward the back of the gas oven while it was in use and emerged after the cooker cooled down.

"Everything was fine and we used it [the oven] every day without any problems," Jackson said. "Then I heard my daughter scream. I ran to the oven and saw this snake slithering around. We just stood there in shock."

A friend who keeps snakes was able to catch the python with a coat hanger, Jackson said.

Jackson said she contacted the person who had recently sold them the oven and discovered the snake, named Lilly, belonged to the man's stepdaughter.

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