Incredibly, Sam, the snake in question, had disappeared four years ago - but still turned up alive and well!
Back in 2010, Louise Meade's pet corn snake vanished from his tank when he was just weeks old. Posters were put up to find the roaming reptile but he never returned.
The family eventually had to give him up for lost.
It wasn't until Louise's mates, Darren Moore and Amy Hughes, purchased her old sofa four years later when Sam made a reappearance.
Amy, 33, screamed when she spied the snake on a radiator in their Warrington home, before deciding that it must be Sam.
And brave Darren, 34, who is terrified of snakes, attempted to pick up the 1m reptile. He told The Sun: "I put gloves on but I just couldn't pick it up."
Stunned Louise, 33, took him to a pet shop that confirmed that he was healthy and just a bit small for his age.
She admitted: "I couldn't believe it when Amy said they'd found Sam."
According to snake curator Dr Gerardo Garcia of Chester Zoo, it is "not so unusual" for snakes to vanish and live on little food, so Sam may have survived by munching a couple of mice a year.
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