SAN DIEGO (KRON) — A San Diego woman is feeling relieved tonight that she wasn’t sitting on the toilet the moment a snake decided to slither out of the commode.
Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how the 5 1/2-foot Columbian rainbow boa wound up in a toilet at a PR firm’s restroom inside a downtown office building.
Stephanie Lacsa told San Diego County authorities she noticed the water level in the toilet was higher than usual when she went to the second-floor restroom Tuesday. When she plunged it, a snake popped up and flicked its tongue.
She ran out, taped the door shut and called Animal Services.
When a county officer arrived, they opened to the door to discover the boa had crawled out of the toilet and was coiled behind its base, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, a local newspaper.
“I just couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Holly Wells, co-founder of Vertical PR + Marketing.
The snake was shedding and slightly underweight.
San Diego Animal Services Deputy Director Dan DeSousa said he was uncertain if a snake could survive in a sewage system.
It was taken to an animal care facility and bit a handler.
If no owner comes forward by Friday, the snake will be transferred to a reptile group that has experience with that type of snake, Animal Services said.