Of all the problems that come with buying a used car, "accidentally becoming the owner of a large snake" doesn't typically merit a ranking. But maybe it should?

At any rate, one U.K. family will never again dismiss the possibility after realizing that the Nissan Navara they bought was home to a slithery 5-foot reptile. The BBC reports that they were driving home on the M5 in Worcestershire when they noticed their dog becoming distressed—because the snake had wrapped itself around his leg. Other reports stated that the couple's child had also alerted them to the stowaway. They quickly pulled the car over and waited for help.

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The Central Motorway Police Group, though, were just as baffled.

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Reptile experts identified the suspect as a harmless corn snake, and so, although it had disappeared back into the structure of the car, the family made the rest of their way home knowing they had nothing to fear but another scaly surprise.

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As the story went viral, the Nissan's previous owner, Fiona Wellington of Sheffield, came forward to say that the snake was likely her pet, named Keith, who had gone missing before she'd sold the car. We of course hope for their swift reunion, but it also seems as if Keith has taken a fancy to his new mobile home.