Woman's staggering find in library book

A woman who borrowed a library book has made a surprising find inside.

Professor Joey Neilsen tweeted his wife borrowed a book of poetry recently from the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries in the US city of Pittsburgh.

But when she opened the book she found someone had already provided a bookmark – a dead snake wrapped in plastic.

“So, um ... weird question: is this your snake?” Professor Neilsen tweeted.

“My wife checked out a book of poetry from CMU Libraries and it came with a snake in a bag.

“Please RT, we would love to hear how it got there, and also from people who use flattened snakes in bags for bookmarks.”

A dead snake pictured in a plastic bag.
A woman found this dead snake in a library book. Source: Twitter/ Professor Joey Neilsen

The library suggested it’s a “hissstory book” and asked people not to put snakes in books.

One woman called it “a new nightmare”.

“I wish I could unsee,” she tweeted.

Others were actually supportive of the idea of using a snake as a bookmark, with one man calling it “brilliant”.

Another added she’s “kind of into it”.

It’s not known who owns the snake but Professor Neilsen tweeted the library requested the book be returned so its owner could be found.

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