MIDLAND, Ont. – Police say a woman found an unwelcome house guest at her home north of Toronto on the weekend — a three-metre snake believed to be a python.

Midland police say the creature somehow got inside the residence and coiled itself up under a shelf in the living room.

They were called to the home on Sunday along with animal control but when they tried to capture it the reptile slithered out of reach to underneath a large couch.

The snake, believed to be a Burmese python, was then safely caught and removed.

Police believe the snake may be someone’s pet — which is prohibited under municipal bylaw — and are asking for the public’s help finding the snake’s owner.