THIS couple will be sure to check under their bed before they go to sleep tonight.
Because North Shore residents Rose and Ray Bond were shocked to discover a rather unwelcome intruder on their way up to bed – a 3ft long snake!
They were so alarmed by the scaly creature’s sudden appearance on the landing of their Ormond Avenue, they called the police, who – after trapping the animal in a sack – called a local snake expert.
After the incident on Monday night, grandmother-of-three Rose, 70, said: “I was just going up to bed at about 11.40pm and had just got to the landing when I saw it by one of the doors.
It was such a shock, it’s a really good job I don’t have a weak heart!
“I didn’t know what to do. I rushed downstairs and told my husband. We called the police and they came to deal with it.
“It was a massive shock, especially when it started moving.
“We have no idea where it might have come from, it’s not as if we are in the countryside here.
“It was a bit of a worry as we didn’t know what type of snake it was, whether it was venomous or dangerous. We couldn’t believe it. We didn’t get to bed until 2.40am, we couldn’t sleep after that.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police confirmed officers had attended after Mrs Bond reported finding the snake.
She said: “A patrol attended and used a sack to catch the snake. An expert from Grimsargh, near Preston, was called out to deal with the reptile.
“It was believed to be a corn snake and was taken away by the expert. It was a somewhat unusual incident.”
The corn snake is a North American species which subdues its prey by constriction.