Teen left horrified after venomous snake slithers its way into her UK home

A quick-thinking teen spotted something slithering on her living room floor – and had the horrifying realisation it was a venomous snake.

Daisy Hendy from the West Country was at home on her own when she overcame her fear and managed to capture the poisonous adder using a plastic box, reports CornwallLive.

The 16-year-old had been enjoying the sunshine in her garden on the Lizard peninsula when she noticed something moving on the floor of her living room as she walked in through the French double doors.

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The business student at Penwith College in Penzance said that despite living in a fairly rural area she'd never seen an adder before.

She said: "I was at home on my own in the garden and I left the patio doors open.

“When I walked back into the house I saw something on the floor moving very fast.

"At first I thought it was a slow worm but this was much bigger.

“I realised it was an adder and that was quite scary."

Daisy added: "I don't know how I did it but I grabbed a plastic container and managed to capture the snake."

The teenager said that after the encounter she searched online to confirm what snake had ventured into her house.

The markings, colour and size of the snake including the v-shaped markings on its head confirmed it was probably a female adder.

Daisy said the creature in her home was about a foot and a half in length (about 45cm).

According to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, adders are the only venomous snake native to the British Isles and can measure up to 80cm long (two and half feet).

Adders, which can live to 15 years, are relatively small, stocky snakes that prefer woodland, heathland and moorland habitats.

They tend to hunt lizards and small mammals as well as ground-nesting birds such as skylark and meadow pipit.

In spring, male adders perform a 'dance' during which they duel to fend off competition to attract a mate.

Adders hibernate from October, emerging in the first warm days of March, which is the easiest time of year to find them basking on a log, footpath or under a warm rock.

Adders are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which means that it is an offence to kill, harm, injure, sell or trade them.

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Daisy added: "My dad later came home and took the snake in the box and released it back in nature at the edge of a field.

“There's no way we would have killed it.

“It was an amazing creature. But we'd rather not have it in the house."

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