A man who checked into a single room at the Anker Hotel and Hostel in downtown Oslo was surprised to find another occupant in the room upon arrival. Police later described it as a “brown, green and gold” snake that was more than 40 centimeters long.
“We were lucky he was a calm guest,” Per Carlenius of the Anker Hotel told state broadcaster NRK. “He’s fine.” The man quickly left the room and closed the door behind him, before heading for the front desk to report the intruder.
Police cordoned off the room and waited for professionals from the animal and food safety authority Mattilsynet to arrive. “They’re the ones who handle reptiles and snakes,” Tor Jøkling, operations leader for the Oslo Police District, told NRK. “We keep our distance until they’re in place.”
The snake was then taken to the veterinary college in Oslo, where it was said to be good condition. Carlenius said the hotel suspects an earlier guest left the snake in the room. Police couldn’t identify what type of snake it was, but were later told it was not poisonous.