A WIRRAL couple found a 4ft snake in their shed.
Michelle Roberts and her partner Carl Navis were stunned to see the slippery reptile peeking out at them on Monday morning in the back garden of their home in Durley Drive, Prenton.
The snake – believed to be a North American corn snake, which is not poisonous – was removed by RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes.
He said the snake was friendly and easy to handle and believes it could have escaped – or been released – from its owner’s house.
Mum-of-two Michelle, 29, a beauty therapist, said: “Carl had just gone out to put some rubbish out.
“He came in and said ‘you’re not going to believe this – I’ve found a snake’. I thought he was joking.
“It was such a shock – at first we thought we were hallucinating.”
Michelle and Carl, 30, sought advice from a neighbour who alerted the RSPCA.
The couple watched as Inspector Joynes removed a piece of wood which was trapping the snake in place before carefully taking hold of their unexpected visitor.
Michelle said: “We are in the middle of an estate so for a snake just to appear like that was so strange.
“Anthony from the RSPCA was absolutely brilliant. Before he arrived we stood by the garage because we did not want it to disappear.
“Fortunately we are not scared of snakes!”
Inspector Joynes said: “It is not every day that you get a stray snake in Wirral.
“We are all trained in handling snakes so it was really good to put it to use.”