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Guy Walks By His Toilet — And Sees A Pair Of Eyes

"I thought someone was pranking me ... until I saw it move.”

It’s not every day you walk past your toilet and are met with a pair of eyes.

But that was the startling predicament Virginia Beach resident James Hooper found himself in last week.

“I was standing by the bathroom door, the [toilet] lid was up, and I noticed it out of the corner of my eye,” Hooper told The Dodo. “At first, I thought someone was pranking me ... until I saw it move.”

There was a snake slithering out of his toilet.

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James Hooper

“It was 2 and a half to 3 feet long,” Hooper said. “And about 4 inches thick at the thickest part.”

Not knowing at the time what kind of snake she was, Hooper and his roommate, Kenny Spruill, hatched a plan to safely collect the reptile from the toilet. They cast a piece of looped fishing line around the animal from a distance and reeled her in just enough to pull her out.

Given how large the snake was, Hooper admits he wanted to secure her as fast as possible as to avoid any run-ins with his four Chihuahuas.

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Hooper's roommate, Kenny Spruill, with the snake | James Hooper

In the meantime, they called animal control to help them sort out what to do next. The officer arrived soon after and identified the snake as a ball python — a nonvenomous species often kept as a pet.

As it turns out, the snake did, in fact, belong to someone.

“After animal control took it, the owners saw my Facebook post,” Hooper said. “Apparently, it had been missing for two weeks. They lived about 3 miles away.”

While the animal control officer believes the snake snuck into the house somehow, Hooper thinks she came up through the sewer system. It’s not uncommon for snakes to follow mice or rats into sewers — and sometimes, they may slither their way up into toilet pipes.

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Hooper's roommate, Kenny Spruill, with the animal control officer who helped the snake get back home | James Hooper

“It does happen,” Hooper said. “It must be impossible for a snake that big to just back itself into the toilet.”

After this wild encounter, Hooper now has an important life lesson that’ll stay with him wherever he goes.

“Look before you sit,” he said with a laugh.