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.