A woman who dreaded cleaning the dishes finds a “terrifying” discovery.


A woman who dreaded cleaning the dishes finds a “terrifying” discovery. Dawn, 56, said her legs “felt like jelly”.

While doing the dishes, a lady who said she “had a sense of dread” in her kitchen uncovered a “terrifying” find.

Dawn Lambert, 56, was cleaning the dishes in her Haydock home around 7 a.m. last Wednesday before leaving to work when she noticed something strange.

Whilst reaching for a glass to put in the sink to wash, Dawn was shocked to find an albino cali king snake slithering onto her windowsill.

Dawn’s companion Zara, unsure what to do, called the RSPCA to have the snake, which primarily feeds on rodents, collected.

This is not the first snake to be found in the St Helens area in recent days, as a landlord, who was developing a property on Peckers Hill Road, removed an electric fire to replace it to find a 4ft desert kingsnake curled up behind it.

“When I walked in the kitchen and started doing the dishes, I just felt this sensation of dread,” Dawn told The Washington Newsday. In the kitchen, I must have seen something that wasn’t mine.

“I was washing up at the time, I was at the kitchen sink and I reached over to the windowsill to pick a glass up.

“This snake just started slithering out onto the windowsill. I just stepped back, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“We have no idea how it got in. It must have gotten through the window when we were cooking and opening the window so it didn’t smell the kitchen out. We’re not sure how long it’s been there.”

Dawn claimed her immediate reaction was to grab a tea towel and go for the snake’s head, fearing the breed might bite her.

She said it then began to wrap around her arm and she alerted her partner Zara to what was happening.

Zara called the RSPCA and the couple searched for something to safely put the snake in. Dawn said they later put it in an outdoor bin so the snake had enough room and could still have plenty of oxygen until help arrived.

Dawn said her legs “felt like jelly” and that she found the situation “a bit terrifying.”

Dawn said, “I couldn’t quite believe it, to be honest. I actually thought I was seeing things, like when you don’t quite believe what you’re seeing.

“It was the movement, it was just slipping out in a motion. I’m a pretty strong person, but the shock – I can’t quite explain it.

“It took me a good while to calm down because I had to go to work. My heart was still beating pretty fast. It scared me quite a bit.”

Inspector Helen Smith was sent to the scene to collect the snake and said it was found cold but in good condition.

And Dawn said she “can’t praise” the RSCPA enough for their help.

Dawn said, “I feel much better now, but I’m still very careful when I’m in the kitchen. We cleaned the house from top to bottom, spring cleaning everywhere.

“It wasn’t good, but all I can say is that the RSPCA was absolutely fantastic. They were really very quick.”

The concerned owner of the rat snake later came forward and said the snake escaped while she was cleaning out her vivarium.

Rhyannon Cardy told the ECHO, “My albino kali king snake, Rosalin, escaped from her temporary cage through a hole in the lid when I wasn’t looking while I was cleaning out her real vivarium.

“I spent some time researching where she might be and concluded that she should still be in the house. I think she crawled into a crevice under my bathtub and slithered between floors of the house to end up on the floor after next.

“If she was between floors, that might explain how she got across the buildings unnoticed so she could make it to my neighbor’s refrigerator,” he said.

“I was glad to know she was alive and well. Hopefully Houdini has made her final escape act.”

The RSPCA said it collects more snakes in the summer months and it’s possible some of them are escapees that become more active in warmer weather.

It’s also possible that this is because the snakes have more opportunity to escape when owners bring them outside to take advantage of natural sunlight. It is good for reptiles to have the opportunity to enjoy natural sunlight. However, we would urge owners to ensure that their reptile is kept safe when doing so, as reptiles can warm up and move very quickly on a sunny day.

The RSPCA would always advise owners to invest in an enclosure suitable for the species and to keep the enclosure secure (and locked if necessary) when unattended to prevent accidental escape.

It is possible to microchip snakes, and the RSPCA recommends that owners ask their exotic animal veterinarian to do this so that snakes can be easily retrieved if they are lost and found.



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