The Scottish SPCA has rescued a snake after a terrified Aberdeen woman found him in her cutlery drawer.
A resident of Coningham Terrace discovered the creature in her kitchen as she was making a cup of tea and called the police, who then alerted us.
Now named Spooner, the red, black and brown striped milk snake is being cared for at our Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak.
Animal Rescue Officer Lynne Craib said, "The poor woman got a real fright when she reached into the drawer to grab a teaspoon and found Spooner the snake instead.
"Spooner is in good condition so we think he has been someone's pet until recently.
"Snakes need heat to survive and it was quite warm in the lady's kitchen so that may be why Spooner went inside the drawer.
"We've rescued snakes from all sorts of unusual places over the last few months, including behind a washing machine and around a lamppost, but this is the one found in a cutlery drawer.
"Snakes are really good escape artists so there's every chance Spooner has an owner nearby who is missing him."
Anyone who recognises Spooner is being asked to call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.