A corn snake was spotted by a child in the supermarket Krónan in Kópavogur, the capital area, earlier today. Customer Gunnhildur Sveinbjarnardóttir didn’t believe her daughter at first when she told her that there was a snake on the floor.
However, then she turned around and noticed the snake by the child’s feet. “It was coming after her, wide awake and looking around. I grabbed the child and started shouting that there was a live snake in the store. Finally a staff member turned up and looked at me as if I was weird,” Gunnhildur told mbl.is.
The store’s director Sigríður Valdimarsdóttir told mbl.is that the snake was 20 centimeters (eight inches) long, brown and yellow in color and probably of the species corn snake.
There were not many customers in the store at the time and so it didn’t cause much of a fuss, Sigríður stated. However, another customer, Helgi Guðbrandsson, filmed the snake wriggling on the floor and posted it on mbl.is.
A pest exterminators was called out and the snake was promptly killed. Krónan released a statement saying that all fruit and vegetables in the department have been replaced and the incident will be investigated thoroughly.
Snakes are not native to Iceland and not allowed as pets.