A terrified couple are desperately searching their house for an escaped snake after discovering its shed skin under their two-year-old son’s bed.
Bethan Baldwin-Pierce, 25, and her partner Kayleigh, 23, woke up to find a half-eaten mouse at the bottom of their stairs and the reptile’s skin on the landing of their Kent home one morning.
The parents, who have a phobia of serpents, decided to call a specialist after they were unable to locate the creature and spotted more skin in the base of their son Harvey’s bed.
Mr Baldwin-Pierce said: “When my wife said ‘there’s snake skin on the landing’ I didn’t believe her.
“I got up to have a look and I also saw a dead, half eaten, mouse at the bottom of the stairs.
“My son has a divan bed and we even found skin in the base where the drawers are supposed to be.
“We’ve got a snake specialist coming over so hopefully they will find it.
“Otherwise I won’t sleep.”
After finding more skin at the bottom of Harvey’s bed, Mr Baldwin-Pierce added: “It’s safe to say he won’t be sleeping in there tonight.”
The young couple, who have been married for two years, live on Auden Road in Larkfield with their two children Harvey, two, and Logan, nine months.
A local snake enthusiast, Chris Cini, has identified the reptile as a corn snake, which is harmless, but can grow up to a metre long.
Chris, who has experience with missing reptiles, says the species is a common pet and the creature is likely to belong to an owner.
In 2015, Mr Cini’s 12 ft python Zombie went missing and was later spotted near a supermarket car park.
He said: “They hide in the last places you would expect.
“My python was gone for 101 days and not a soul saw her so for a smaller one it could be anywhere.
“It’s likely to be very cold and scared.
“Snakes like to be left alone and some owners may only check on them once or twice a week and they probably haven’t even noticed it has gone.”
To help speed up the search, the snake lover has given the distraught couple some pointers.
He said: “Put flour on the floor, especially around the edges of the room as they like to stay close to the skirting boards.
“If the snake goes out it will drag flour with its belly and leave a trail.”
But in the meantime, the couple are urging snake owners nearby to check on their pets and get in touch if they find one is missing.