Be careful which cart you choose — there may be a slithering surprise waiting inside.
"A loud scream across the parking lot at Walmart drew the attention of an NEPD Officer who was patrolling the area, at dusk this evening," the department said.
Officials called in a man known as "The Snake Charmer," identified as John Heckaman of Savannah, Texas, who helped in relocating the snake.
Heckaman, however, was bitten once during the process, according to police.
Rat snakes are non-venomous and typically found in fields and woodlands across the country, including Connecticut, the Carolinas, Kansas and Oklahoma, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
“Black rat snakes are excellent swimmers and climbers. They will use these skills to catch a variety of food, from bird eggs to frogs,” the federal agency says online. “They are the snake most likely to be seen around buildings hunting for rodents, amphibians, and young birds. Black rat snakes are constrictor snakes and will use their body to suffocate their prey.”
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, rat snakes mate in late May and early June.
Fox News' Ann W. Schmidt contributed to this report.