GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A woman who brought home a secondhand couch left on the curb in western Michigan says she ended up finding a snake apparently living under the cushions.

Holly Wright said that the couch had been in her Grand Rapids bedroom for about two months before the “very lethargic” snake emerged over the weekend. She said it died before she could get care for the snake.

Wright said she isn’t sure where the snake came from, but it likely had been there the whole time.

“That’s the only thing that could’ve happened,” Wright told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil. “Our house is very clean; we’re very sanitary here … but we do love thrift, and really is the only explanation.

“We’ve never had a problem with infestation,” she added.

Wright said she thought the couch looked OK when she found it with a sign indicating that it was free for the taking. She says she took off the cushions and cleaned it, but didn’t initially see the snake.

Did she end up keeping the couch?

“No! Oh my goodness, no,” Wright said. “As soon as the snake was secured, that couch was out. Out, out, out!”

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