Shoppers have been left stunned after a snake emerged from the spice rack at a local Woolworths store.
The unexpected intruder at the Woolworths Glenorie store in north west Sydney slowly slithered its way out of the shelf, stopping surprised shoppers in their tracks.
A customer captured the rare occurrence on video while in store, sharing it to social media.
"Crikee, only in Australia!!!" the shocked shopper wrote.
"Local Glenorie Woolworths had a lockdown offender today. No QR check-in and no mask.
"Lucky there was a lovely person who was very familiar with this type of species and safely looked after the good-looking culprit. PHEW. A good outcome."
Others said they definitely wouldn't have liked to have been in the store when this unexpected guest appeared.
"Yikes!!! I would have had a heart attack at that!" one shared.
"OMG I hate snakes would have taken everybody out with me as I ran for the exit," said another.
"What the hell!!! I would have karked it on the spot from fear," exclaimed a third.
Woolworths responds to snake scare
A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia staff acted "quickly and safely" when they were alerted to the unexpected visitor.
"A slippery and rare customer was spotted in the spice aisle of our Glenorie store yesterday morning," the spokesperson said.
"Once it was sighted, our team members reacted quickly and calmly to cordon off the area for the safety of customers.
"A snake catcher removed the slithery customer, who was released safely into bushland shortly after."
It is still unknown how the snake entered the store, however, Yahoo News understands Woolworths has thorough animal control measures in place.
Shopper spots rat running across bread aisle
The unsettling incident in store comes just weeks after a Melbourne woman spotted a rat running across the bread aisle at her local Woolworths.
The shopper, who was doing her weekly shop at the Featherbrook store, was surprised to see the rodent race across the top of the bread shelf, seemingly unbeknownst to other customers or staff.
A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the store had been contacted and the necessary action taken to make the store safe for customers.
“We work to uphold the highest standards in hygiene, so we’re disappointed to have missed the mark at our Featherbrook store on this occasion,” said the Woolworths spokesperson.
“As soon as we became aware of the issue, we conducted a thorough clean and sanitisation of the area to return it to our usual high standards.”
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