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British resident finds North American snake in their dining room

RSPCA Inspector Kate Burris was called to a Lincoln, England, home to capture a one-foot corn snake discovered in the house's living room. The reptile is believed to be an escaped or abandoned pet. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA
RSPCA Inspector Kate Burris was called to a Lincoln, England, home to capture a one-foot corn snake discovered in the house's living room. The reptile is believed to be an escaped or abandoned pet. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA

Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Britain were called to the home of a resident who was shocked to discover a North American snake in their dining room.

The RSPCA said a member of the public called police to report there was a snake in the corner of the dining room in their Lincoln, England, home and the reptile wasn't moving.

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Police contacted the RSPCA, and Inspector Kate Burris responded to the home and captured the foot-long orange corn snake, a species native to North America.

"It must have been a bit of a shock for this member of the public to find a snake inside their house. I think it was probably the last thing they were expecting to find! He's a little underweight which makes me think he's been missing or possibly abandoned for a while and had probably been living under their floorboards," Burris said.

Burris said the RSPCA is hoping anyone missing a corn snake in the area will contact the organization to claim their pet.

"As there is a possibility that this snake has escaped, it is a timely reminder to snake owners that they must ensure that their animals' accommodation is secure," she said.

"We would always recommend owners invest in an enclosure that's suitable for the species and that the enclosure is kept secure (and locked if necessary) when unattended. Corn snakes in particular can be extremely good escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid."

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