Barry Downes was shocked to see a corn snake on his kitchen floor, which he suspects appeared out of the box his new kettle came in.
Prior to the horrifying discovery, the man made himself a cup of tea and return to the kitchen, only to find a reptile crawling around.
"At first I didn't recognise it as a snake so I picked it up to put it in the bin but then it started wriggling," Mr. Downes was reported to say.
He then trapped the snake in a saucepan and called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
"Barry thought the snake may have travelled from China — which is where the kettle was made — but I suspect she snuck into the box at a storage warehouse in the UK. Corn snakes are talented escape artists so I suspect this little one has escaped from somewhere," an RSPCA officer commented on the finding.
Corn snakes are a non-venomous North American species, which sometimes are kept by humans as pets.