WHEN Janet Wilson, of Prospect Hill, opened her front door one morning last week, she did not expect to be greeted by an exotic snake.
North American corn snakes are popular pets and Mrs Wilson believes that this juvenile, measuring approximately one foot in length, must have made a bid for freedom from a nearby home.
“It was a pretty little thing,” she said.
“But I daren’t pick it up.
“It didn’t attempt to move, but it would have been very cold.”
Corn snakes can grow up to six feet in length and after capturing the animal, with the help of her husband, she took the snake to The Granary pet store on Station Square.
The pet store owners were able to put Mrs Wilson in touch with Ruswarp resident Neil Halley, who has agreed to look after the animal until its owner can be found.
If you know who the snake belongs to, call (01947) 603067.