WEIRD NEWS
10/15/2014 06:03 pm ET Updated Oct 15, 2014

Illinois Woman Receives Snake She Did Not Order In The Mail

A Granite City, Illinois, woman got the surprisssssssse of a lifetime when she opened up a FedEx delivery and discovered a live baby python inside.

Area news outlet KMOV reports that Delores Gavin "let out a big scream" when she opened the box, sent by a California reptile dealer, and found the snake, which she had not ordered.

Police believe a stolen credit card number was to blame for the surprise delivery, according to the Belleville News-Democrat, a local paper. The dealer has refunded Gavin's money.

An investigation into who ordered the reptile is underway.

The snake, a spotted python, is non-venomous and recognized as an "ideal first snake" for reptile owners.

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