A woman was terrified when she awoke to find a visitor in her bed in the middle of the night.
Tasha Lane, 23, was asleep with her boyfriend Reece Parillon, 25, and their dog, Harley, when she felt wriggling at around 4:15am on October 22.
She thought her dog may have been the culprit disrupting her sleep, but when she reached down to feel it she quickly realised it wasn't furry.
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Using her phone's torch to go investigating, Tasha looked under the covers and got the fright of her life.
Looking back at her was a pair of villainous snake eyes.
Terrified Tasha then leapt out of bed and started screaming – alerting the rest of the house in Wellingborough, Northants.
Partner Reece's mum came rushing in, before calmly explaining that the orange reptile belonged to a local – and had been missing for months.
Tasha said: "I just leapt up and screamed. It was fully under the quilt. I shouted, 'There's a snake! There's a snake!'.
"I thought, 'Oh my god it's going to kill me.' Reece looked under the covers and then he leapt up too. I've never seen anyone jump so high.
"It was terrifying. Snakes weren't even on my fear list but they're right at the top now. It was just laying under the covers on Harley.
"The dog had been on one of my feet and the snake on the other. You just don't think you have to worry about snakes here."
Reece's mum quickly let neighbour Jade Forester know, who popped round and gratefully scooped up the missing pet.
Jade, 37, said: "I don't know how he managed to escape, but it had been nearly three months.
"We ripped my house apart looking for him – we took all the skirting board off downstairs – and after about three weeks we gave up.
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"So it was a complete shock! My son was definitely happy we found him as he was devastated when we lost him."
Tasha claims the reptile, a corn snake called 10K was three quarters of the width of her king-sized bed.
She said: "It's funny now. I'm glad they've got it back. It belongs to their little boy. They posted it was missing on a Facebook page and it had completely slipped my mind."
Tasha added that she thinks the snake came into her house when someone opened the attic hatch.
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