A Martins Ferry woman had the fright of her life Monday morning, when a live snake fell at her feet.
The young snake seemed to fall from the sky, but police have some suspicions about where it really came from.
The woman was sitting outside her apartment at 10:30 a.m.
"She was drinking her coffee on her porch and she was sitting there just looking around, sipping her coffee, and down comes the snake," said Police Chief John McFarland.
The woman told police it "fell from the sky," but police believe the snake probably was on a rooftop or in a tree when it tumbled to the ground.
Police put the two-foot yellow and white snake in a pillowcase and took it to the police department.
No one is rushing to claim it, possibly because there's an ordinance against keeping wild animals in the city, and they'd be in trouble if they admitted they own it.
In the meantime, a snake expert has examined it and determined it to be a rare butter-colored corn snake.
He agreed to give it a good home, which couldn't happen a moment too soon for the police chief.
"Let's be thankful we found it now as a two-foot snake, instead of later as a six-foot snake," said McFarland.