Police were called to north London after a man found a two-metre long snake - in his recycling bin.
Steve Berry, 29, lifted the lid of the green container to find the huge reptile in West Hampstead.
Steve, who moved to London from New Zealand six months ago, said:
Steve, who phoned because he didn't know who else to call, added:
The serpent, believed to be a corn snake, was taken to RSPCA Harmsworth Animal Hospital.