Stockport woman finds snake in oven

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An elderly woman had the “shock of her life” when she found a 3ft snake in her oven.

The 82-year-old said she wondered if her “eyes were deceiving her” when she first saw the African brown snake, which is thought to be an escaped pet.

The reptile then disappeared, before turning up in the oven again two days later. The RSPCA was called and rescued the snake.

The woman, who was preparing to cook some chips, said: “When I opened the oven door and saw it, I got the shock of my life.

“I have recently had a cataract operation and was wondering if my eyes were deceiving me – but my husband saw it too.”