Residents of a house in Belfast were shocked when a runaway snake slithered its way into their front garden.
Corn snakes can grow to up to 72in long
The Florida Corn Snake was discovered in the Malone Court area of south Belfast at the weekend.
It was found far from its native America and is probably a pet. The breed, also known as a Red Rat, can grow to up to two to three metres in length.
The corn snake is orange and brown with black bordered orange and brown patches.
It is not poisonous and is not a threat to people, but may alarm local wildlife as it lives on frogs, rats and birds.
Police believe that the snake is someone's lost pet as there are no wild snakes in Ireland.
Legend has it that Saint Patrick herded them all into the sea in the fifth century.
Detectives have appealed for the snake's owner to contact them with proof of ownership.