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North Carolina family cooking pizza finds slithery surprise in their oven; a snake

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 10:22:08-05

WAKE FORREST, N.C. (AP) — A couple in North Carolina say they popped a frozen pizza into the oven only to discover that a snake was burning inside about 10 minutes later.

Amber Helm told the Raleigh News & Observer Wednesday that her family had hoped to have an easy dinner on Monday night in Wake Forrest. But Helm said the oven started smoking and smelling terrible as they waited for their pizza to cook.

The snake was about 18 inches long and the diameter of a quarter.

Helm said their oven had been snake free when they baked a ham on Christmas. She said she left the pizza behind and took her young sons out to eat.

Her husband stayed behind to deal with the snake.