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Canadian boy finds baby king snake in sneaker

By Daniel Uria   |   March 15, 2016 at 2:25 PM

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 15 (UPI) -- A Canadian boy made a surprising discovery when he found a snake in his sneaker while attempting to get dressed.

Blake Dahl, 11, found the baby king snake on top of his shoe as he was getting ready to go to hockey practice.

"It's hissing at me!" He yelled as he captured video of the snake.

Dahl's father was the only one home at the time and helped his son scoop the snake into a plastic container after he heard his son's shout.

"We kind of held the shoe and he slithered into it, and then I tilted the shoe so it slid into the heel," Dahl told CTV News. "I was thinking, 'Where [did it come] from?' and 'How'd it get there?'"

Dahl's mother Jodi learned about the snake afterward and returned home to find that her son and husband had set the reptile up with its own personal living space.

"They had hauled an old aquarium out of the basement and they built him a very nice new home," she told the CBC.

While the family eventually were able to determine the species of the snake, they could only speculate as to where it came from. Dahl and his mother seemed to believe it had been hiding in a crate of food that had been delivered to the home.

Although Blake hoped to make the one time unwelcome intruder a permanent member of the family, his mother put an end to that dream by sending it away to live with a family member until a permanent home could be found.

"Blake's pretty upset," she said. "He really thought we were going to keep the snake. But he's leaving. He's gone."

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