“I closed the lid and started screaming,” Sanela Kamencic, from Evanston, Ill., told NBC 5.
“I was totally creeped out,” she added. “How did a snake get in the house let alone the washer?”
The snake was brought to the Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital by Evanston police and Animal Control Warden Jason Pound.
Turns out, the corn snake — named Penelope — was the escaped pet of a 12-year-old neighbor. Radio station WBBM reported Penelope had been missing for three days.