That's what happened at a high school in York Region when a DeKay's brown snake was found. The Toronto Wildlife Centre took to Facebook to explain how the non-venomous reptile ended up in a copying machine.
"He likely took refuge in the copier because it was warm and dark, a nice cozy place to live," the centre said online.
"DeKay's brown snakes are totally harmless to people and do a great job at pest control in the garden, eating up a lot of pesky slugs," the wildlife group added.
In Canada, the primarily-nocturnal Dekay's brown snake is found mostly in southern Ontario and southwestern Quebec, according to Ontario Nature's website.
The snakes hide under logs, rocks or anything that will provide them shelter and because they can be sometimes found in urban areas, they make their way into the foundations of buildings during colder months, Ontario Nature noted.
"Because it's too cold to release him outside right now, he'll stay at Toronto Wildlife Centre until the weather warms up again in the spring," the wildlife centre said.
Read more about DeKay's brown snakes and how you can adopt a pond at the Toronto Zoo's website.
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