IMAGINE seeing this in front of you while walking down the street.

One surprised pedestrian spotted the long, scaly snake slithering along Pentylands Lane in Highworth.

She shared a snap of the reptile on social media to find out whether it was a unusually-large grass snake or an adder.

Highworth's best and brightest decided it was, in fact, a grass snake and completely harmless.

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Some commenters welcomed the sight of the slippery specimen, calling it "lovely" and "beautiful", while others were shocked and pledged to stay away from the area just in case there are other snakes of a similar size.

A couple of Facebook users mentioned they had often seen snakes around Pentylands - but never noticed one that big before.