The occupant of a Buckshaw Village home got the shock of her life when she found a snake slithering across her living room floor.
The woman, in her early 20s, recently moved into the house, and couldn’t believe her eyes when she found the red and yellow baby Carolina corn snake in the property.
Measuring in at one foot long, the snake crawled under her sofa, and she spent the night at her parents in fear of running into it again.
The family called landlady Julie Case, who managed to take the creature to a rescue centre in Coppull on Saturday night.
Vicky Meadow, who runs the Meadow Mobile Reptiles from her home on Chapel Lane, is now looking for the owners of the pet snake.
She said: “We think it could possibly belong to the previous tenants of the house, but nobody has come forward.
“We’ve advertised that it’s been found on Twitter and Facebook, but if we don’t find the owners, we’ll try to re-house it.”
The snake was transported in an ice-cream tub, after it was caught under a bowl on the living room floor.
Vicky added: “Corn snakes make very popular pets, and we have some bigger ones in the conservatory where we look after the reptiles that are brought to us.
“I’m sure the woman had a massive shock when she saw this one in her house, but it’s completely harmless.”
Vicky, who runs the rescue centre full time with friend Yasmin Roworth, said this is the third snake found in Chorley in the past two years.
“The first one was six feet long,” she said. “It was a grey rat snake and someone found it under the stairs in a house.
“The other was an adult corn snake, which someone came across while they were walking in Rivington.”
The pair started the business after taking an interest in pet snakes, but they also house lizards, tortoises, frogs, scorpions and tarantulas.
The most unusual amphibian they looked after was a poisonous centipede, but they say that on a day-to-day basis, nothing phases them about the work.
In fact, Vicky is more terrified of birds, and Yasmin is afraid of small, furry animals, such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
Mum-of-three Vicky, 31, said: “I’m actually quite scared of house spiders as well, but tarantulas don’t bother me for some reason.”
Yasmin, 21, who lives in Brinscall, added: “We do phobia sessions for people who are scared of snakes and spiders, and it really helps people to face their fears.”
The pair visit schools and birthday parties with the reptiles, as well as putting on displays at places such as Martin Mere wetland centre.
If you know who the snake belongs to, call Meadow Mobile Reptiles on 07887 931965.