Woman ‘freaks out’ after discovering snake in kitchen while dishing up dinner
A woman says she went into “panic mode” after discovering a snake slithering out of a vent in her kitchen wall as she went to dish up dinner.
Haylie McGregor, a credit controller, was cooking on January 16 in her home in Holbrooks when the serpent surprised her.
She stopped what she was doing and called her partner Rob to check she wasn’t imagining things.
She said “I was just dishing up dinner. I looked up and a snake was hanging out of a kitchen vent in the wall.
“I went and told Rob ‘there’s a snake in the kitchen! Please go and check to make sure I’m not seeing things’.
“So he went in and said ‘Oh my god there IS a snake in there’ and I just went in to panic mode. Rob was just laughing but I was freaking out.”
After she panicked and he fell about laughing, Rob fitted the snake into a box while Haylie googled ‘what do you do if you find a snake in your home’.
” Google came up with all sorts of options, pest control for offices and stuff like that, but in the end I decided on the RSPCA wild life option” she explained.
“The first women we spoke to said to put it in an outbuilding so we put the box in the shed, but they then said it could be too cold and if we would to bring it into the house.
“But I was a bit nervous having it in the house, I didn’t want my dogs to get at it or anything like that so we ended up putting a blanket around the box in the shed.
“The RSPCA came out the next day, the snake was fine. They told us it was a baby corn snake, and was probably an escaped pet but could have been dumped too.
“I’ve no idea where it came from, we live in a row of four houses and it just had to come in ours – I can see the funny side now but I cannot believe it actually happened.”
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Many of the snakes that the RSPCA’s officers are called to collect are thought to be escaped pets.
“The RSPCA would always recommend owners invest in an enclosure suitable for the particular species and that the enclosure is kept secure (and locked if necessary) when unattended to prevent accidental escape.
“It is possible to microchip snakes and the RSPCA would recommend that owners ask their exotics vet to do this, so that snakes can be easily reunited if lost and found.
“The RSPCA would always recommend that anyone who sees a stray exotic snake – to keep a safe distance, call our helpline on 0300 1234 999 and monitor the animal until we can get there.”
This isn’t the first time a snake has appeared nearby.
In 2018, a couple from Nuneaton had the fright of their lives when a 7ft snake fell from their attic. Clyde, the snake, was returned to his owners who live nearby.