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Couple Opens Their Oven And Finds An Unexpected Visitor Inside

“When I opened the oven door and saw it I got the shock of my life" 😱

An elderly couple were getting ready to make dinner last week when they opened up their oven — and were completely shocked to find a 3-foot-long snake hanging out inside. Concerned and bewildered, the couple immediately contacted the RSPCA, but when an inspector arrived to collect the snake, he had disappeared. 

The inspector instructed the couple to contact the RSPCA again if the snake reappeared — and two days later, he appeared in their oven once again. 

snake in oven
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“When I opened the oven door and saw it I got the shock of my life,” the 82-year-old resident, who asked that her name not be included, said in a press release. “I have recently had a cataract operation and was wondering if my eyes were deceiving me — but my husband saw it too.” 

The couple quickly contacted the RSPCA again, and inspector Andy Harris responded to the call and headed to the couple’s home. He was expecting to find a little snake curled up inside the couple’s oven, and was shocked when he realized just how big the intruder was. 

snake in oven
RSPCA

“When I arrived I expected to find a small corn snake, but this snake was quite long — at least 3 [feet],” Harris said in a press release. “It was an African brown house snake, which is a nonvenomous species, so I suspect that he is a pet that has escaped or been abandoned.” 

snake in oven
RSPCA

Harris was able to coax the snake out of the oven, and then very carefully secure him using specialized equipment. The snake, now named Sammy, was thankfully in good condition, and is now safely in the care of a reptile specialist. 

“It must have squeezed through a wall cavity of this couple’s home and there is a hole at the back of the oven where the gas jets come up, so was probably attracted by the warmth,” Harris said. 

snake in oven
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African brown house snakes are typically found around human dwellings in Africa, meaning Sammy was likely someone’s exotic pet at one point. Whether he was lost or abandoned, he’s safe now, and it’s incredibly lucky that the couple found him when they did. 

“We are big animal lovers and just wanted to make sure the snake was safe, so we were pleased that he was rescued by the RSPCA,” the female resident said. 

To help other animals in need, you can donate to the RSPCA