Shoppers in a Kópavogur supermarket were surprised this morning to find an unexpected guest: a corn snake slithering through the store.
RÚV reports that Gunnhildur Sveinbjarnardóttir and her two young daughters were shopping at the supermarket Krónan in Kópavogur this morning. Suddenly, one of her children screamed, Gunnhildur told reporters, and said that a snake was following her. Gunnhildur quickly discovered this to be the case.
A corn snake, measuring about a metre long, was seen making its way through the aisles of the supermarket, much to her shock.
Alert shopper Helgi Guðbrandsson took a video of the snake in question, which can be seen below.
Exterminator Konráð Magnússon, who caught and killed the snake, told Vísir that corn snakes are no big deal. “This was such a small animal,” he said. “I think in this case people are making mountains out of molehills. I crushed it between my fingers.”
Corn snakes are non-venomous, docile reptiles. While not native to Iceland, they are bred and sold as pets in other countries. They are, however, illegal to own in Iceland – along with along with lizards and turtles.