A New York couple cleaning out an apartment Monday received a startling surprise when they discovered what was hidden inside the sofa.

According to the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a 3-foot-long python was discovered underneath the cushions of an apartment the couple was set to move into.

A couple was startled Monday after finding a 3-foot python hidden inside an apartment's couch. (Image source: Shutterstock)

A couple was startled Monday after finding a 3-foot python hidden inside an apartment’s couch. (Image source: Shutterstock)

“You can imagine how shocking it was,” SPCA spokesman Roy Gross told CNN. “You’re not expecting to find a snake there.”

“You can imagine how shocking it was.”
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SPCA officials took the nonvenomous python into custody.

Experts say ball pythons are generally docile snakes. (Image source: Shutterstock)

Experts say ball pythons are generally docile snakes. (Image source: Shutterstock)

Investigators later determine the snake belonged to former tenant and was supposed to be taken care of by the upstairs tenant when it got loose, WNBC-TV reported.

Officials added that ball pythons are legal to own and no charges have been filed. The python has since been adopted by another family, according to CNN.

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