A family was left stunned last night after discovering a 1.5 metre long snake slithering across their lounge floor.

From West Midlands Police:

A police officer’s day is never dull – as one of our response teams found when called to help a family who’d found a snake in their home.

We took an emergency call on Sunday night (12 June) from a dad who’d found the 1.5-metre snake slithering across their lounge floor.

Worried the black and white snake could be venomous he quickly moved his children to another room and called us for help.

RSPCA colleagues weren’t able to attend until the morning so our officers went to lend a hand – equipped with a grabber and pillow case.

Snake rescue

They found the snake underneath a sofa and managed to safely pop it unto the case and take it to a local reptile house.

A response officer can be heard on body-worn camera joking “do I need to record the time of arrest?”

One of our call centre staff – our in-house reptile expert having worked in animal research for the University of British Columbia – had offered advice on the likely type of snake and handling tips.

Snake rescue

We’re not sure how the snake got into the flat in Hodge Hill, Birmingham. It’s suspected it may have got in through the pipe system.

The snake is absolutely fine and will be looking for a new home!