A woman in Merseyside has been left in shock after discovering an EIGHT FOOT boa constrictor in her bathroom.
The snake was found slithering around in the middle of the night, resulting in the police being called to remove it from her home. Merseyside Police officers were left “flabbergasted” on the find which had wrapped itself around bathroom fittings, reports the Liverpool Echo. No reptile experts could be reached at the time, which meant they had to seek help from elsewhere.
Officer, Constable Chris Eastwood was called specifically, to remove the frightening intruder, as he has knowledge and experience with this type of animal.
A spokeswoman said: “Constable Eastwood has knowledge of snakes and handling them and when he arrived confirmed it was a boa constrictor.
“He was able to calmly approach the reptile, which had wrapped itself around the bathroom sinks and taps, and after giving it a drink of water was able to coax it to unravel itself so that he could put it into a large, safe container.”
The boa constrictor was temporarily held in a nearby pet rescue facility. The other animals must have been over the moon…
Officers made enquiries with neighbours in Birkenhead, Merseyside, but were unable to identify how the snake found itself inside the bathroom of a flat. Some suggested it may have travelled from a reptile store, however the only one in range was two miles away. One potential explanation is that it made it’s way from someone else’s flat.
The Merseyside Police spokeswoman joked: “The snake has been temporarily rehomed and is doing well – the rest is hiss-tory.”
The origin of the boa constrictor is located far from Merseyside – commonly found in Tropical North, Central and South America. It can also be traced to some Caribbean islands They can grow up to 13ft and weigh 50kg. They are non-venomous, but have still been found to attack humans – with some babies being strangled in previous cases.