A Chorley householder got the shock of her life when she popped her rubbish in a recycling bin - and saw a 14in snake glaring at her.
The reptile had settled down inside a beer can on Highfield Road South, and the unnamed homeowner called Paradise Pets on Harper’s Lane for help.
Amy Croft, who runs Paradise Pets, said: “We do rescue reptiles from people’s homes and gardens, but I’ve never heard of a snake in a dustbin before.
“I find it amazing that a tiny snake managed to get into a bin and curl up inside a beer can.
“It was certainly a strange phone call to receive.”
It’s the second Carolina corn snake found at a Chorley home in just two weeks, after one was seen slithering across a living room floor in Buckshaw Village.
Amy’s dad Jim was tasked with taking the snake to the shop, which Amy set up over three years ago when she was 18.
Now, they’re hoping the owners of the snake will come forward to reclaim it.