A man has spoken of his horror after he opened his hot airing cupboard to find an 8ft snake.
David Dawes went to investigate after hearing a noise upstairs and found the exotic snake curled up on his hot water boiler.
After calling animal welfare experts, the 30-year-old said he tried to find a hotel when they told him to leave it and hope it 'finds a way out'.
David, of Mayhill, Swansea, said:
David said a friend told him it was probably an escaped pet and managed to move it into a box.
David took the snake to a nearby exotic pet shop called World of Aquatics, who quickly identified him as a Taiwan Beauty Rat snake and took it in.
The constrictor is native to eastern and southeastern regions of Asia and feeds on rodents.
The snakes can commonly grow to between six and nine feet in length.