Sahih Muslim Book 26, Hadith Number 5546.

Chapter : Killing of snakes.

Nafi’ reported that Abu Lubaba talked to Ibn ‘Umar to open a door in his house which would bring them nearer to the mosque and they found a fresh slough of the snake, whereupon ‘Abdullah said: Find it out and kill it. Abu Lubaba said: Don’t kill them, for Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) forbade the killing of the snakes found in houses.