SLAITHWAITE is not known for its exotic wildlife.
So one passer-by was shocked to see this baby Californian King snake in James Street on Monday.
The three-month-old reptile was caught and taken to Donaldson & Partners Vets, in Maple Street, Aspley.
Now the snake - provisionally named Legs - needs a new home.
Vet Jeremy Cookson said it was still only about 9inches long but could grow much bigger.
"It came in on Monday and hopefully we will be able to find a new home for the little fellow very soon."
King snakes are common in parts of North America and although they could give you a nasty nibble they are non-venomous.
The are striped and show a lot of variation in colour. When fully grown the snake could reach an impressive 5ft.
In the wild it eats rodents, birds and even other snakes.
The King Snake is immune to the venom of the rattlesnake and the Copperhead and even kills these snakes by constriction.
If you have lost the snake or are interested in taking Legs, ring Donaldsons on 01484 421512.
* The biggest snakes in the world are members of the family Boidae, which includes the boa and the python.
* Sea snakes have no gills and must rise to the surface for air but they can stay underwater for hours.
* The snake must bite to inject its venom. No snake has a stinger in its tail.
* The cobra does not hear the snake- charmer's flute.
Instead, it feels vibrations through the ground or whatever they are resting on.