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.
“You can imagine how shocking it was,” SPCA spokesman Roy Gross told CNN. “You’re not expecting to find a snake there.”
SPCA officials took the nonvenomous python into custody.
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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