A gas meter reader was in for an unexpected surprise after discovering a snake camouflaged amongst the pipes in a meter box.
The slippery sotaway was discovered in Beauchamp Avenue in Gosport.
The worker reported the snake to the local RSPCA, who rescued the snake before taking the reptile to a specialist centre. The reptile was identified as a corn snake, one of the most common snakes kept in the UK.
The charity is urging prospective reptile owners to ensure they do research their needs using expert sources to fully understand the type and amount of care that these animals need.
The corn snake will be cared for by the team at the charity’s specialist reptile centre and will be rehomed unless an owner can be found.