LOS ANGELES (AP) — A big snake has been found at a storage facility used by homeless people in downtown Los Angeles.

Central City East Association director Estela Lopez says the animal was slithering inside a lidded bin on Friday morning. Workers estimate it’s about 6 feet long, but they didn’t measure the reptile.

Lopez says in the 10 years that the 1,100 bins have been in use, there’s never been an animal found inside one.

Homeless people use the lidded trash cans free of charge, but must be renewed every seven days because there is a wait list. After that, belongings are emptied and kept elsewhere for 90 days.

Lopez estimates the snake had been without food or water for a week, and animal services has been called to remove it.

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