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Thieves trying to make off with a wine buff's collection lost their bottle - when they came face to face with a live snake kept in the cellar.

Wine expert Jiri Kaill, 36, was keeping the harmless corn snake somewhere cool until his friend - a reptile expert - could collect it from his home in Trebic in the Czech Republic.

"I heard a scream and a crash coming from the basement and I ran down and saw a case of champagne broken on the floor and the poor snake tipped out of his travelling box," Kaill said.

"My neighbours said they saw two men come running out of the basement like they were being chased by the devil," he added.

The snake - which in the wild traps rats or small mammals by squeezing them to death - has no venom and could not have hurt the would-be thieves.

Kaill said: "I think I might keep it down there now. It's better than a burglar alarm."

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