A woman in the southern Indian state of Kerala’s Maloor district was in for an unexpected surprise when she was removing the socks tucked inside her shoes.
She saw a snake’s head moving towards her hand from one of the shoes, reports news website Mathrubhumi.
Caught off-guard by the reptile’s head, she screamed and called her family. They took the shoe outside and the snake was eventually released into the forest.
The snake was probably a viper. Saw-scaled viper snakes, found in different colour combinations, are the deadliest of all snakes.