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Stealthy snake hid inside hotel trouser press

The Local/rm · 3 Feb 2012, 07:11

Published: 03 Feb 2012 07:11 GMT+01:00

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“I have been here for 30 years and have never experienced anything like this, it is an incredible story,” said hotel manager Anders Nilsson about the incident to local paper Örnsköldsviks Allehanda.

The woman, who often stays at the hotel when she visits the town, was working in her room during the evening when she noticed her dog giving the trouser press a lot of attention.

Curious, she went over to see what was going on and saw that someone had left a belt hanging off the press.

On closer inspection, however, the belt turned out to be a snake, which was busy checking out the dog barking at it.

“When they called from reception that night I thought that I had misheard them. The line was not so good, but it turned out to be a snake,” said Nilsson to the paper.

By the time Nilsson arrived at the hotel, the police were already there. After dismantling the trouser press, the officers managed to free the snake.

Once free, the police didn’t want to take any risks with the yet unidentified snake and it was subsequently put to death with the help of a police baton, the paper reports.

A snake expert was later called to the hotel and could quickly determine that the offending intruder was a perfectly harmless Russian rat snake, also known as a Manchurian black water snake, a popular choice of pet among snake enthusiasts.

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How the sneaky serpent found its way into the trouser press is still not known, though it is suspected that it has either been left there by a previous guest or escaped its owner.

The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:05 February 3, 2012 by PoJo
Why did they kill it?
11:12 February 3, 2012 by HYBRED
So it was a trouser snake?
11:13 February 3, 2012 by JulieLou40
How come they didn't just trap it and have an expert identify it? I think clubbing it to death was a bit over the top!!
11:19 February 3, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
When she booked the room, she obviously ticked the wrong box - e.g.

* Byxpress (med / utan Serpent?)

11:22 February 3, 2012 by johnny1939
@HYBRED hehe

Nice that she travelled w/ her trusted dog.

A friend of mine spent the night in a hotel w/ a baby boa constrictor. Luckily it was first discovered after she left because she is terrified of snakes and would have had a heart attack if she had seen it. She was contacted by the hotel afterwards because it is illegal to bring snakes into Hawaii & they were looking to prosecute the owner.
15:52 February 3, 2012 by Svensksmith
Those trouser snakes have been known to cause a lot of trouble.
16:25 February 3, 2012 by Rick Methven
"Those trouser snakes have been known to cause a lot of trouble"

Especially the one eyed variety
12:22 February 9, 2012 by jamesblish
Snake was injured, they had to kill it.
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