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Corn snake slithers out of cereal box in Sheffield

A man from Sheffield had a fright when he sat down to eat his breakfast - and a snake slithered out of the cereal box and into the dishwasher.

Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA animal collection officer Katie Hetherington was called to the man’s home in Mona Road, Sheffield, to rescue the snake on Saturday morning.

The snake has been identified as a corn snake - a species native to North America, although they are one of the most commonly kept exotic pets in this country.

This snake is believed to be someone’s missing pet so posters have been put up in the local area to find the owner.

Credit: RSPCA

“I think he was expecting to have Cornflakes for breakfast - not Cornsnakes! The poor chap was absolutely terrified - I think it was the last thing he expected to find in his kitchen! The 3ft-long snake is now recovering at a specialist centre.”

– Katie Hetherington, RSPCA

“Exotic pets such as corn snakes, have increased in popularity and the RSPCA do receive a high numbers of calls about reptiles. These are amazing animals but they can be challenging to care for properly. We are really urging people to do their research before they take on a reptile, or other exotic animal, as a pet, so they are confident that it is the right pet for them and that they can provide everything the animal needs for its whole life - which could be many years.”

– Nicola White, RSPCA senior scientific officer in wildlife