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Terrified pensioner runs from her flat after finding an exotic snake lurking in the toilet

A pensioner got the shock of her life after she went to the toilet and found an exotic snake in the bowl.

Mary Curtis was left stunned and "absolutely terrified" when she lifted the loo lid and a spotted the black and white serpent.

The snake found lurking in Mary's loo Credit: SWNS

The retired 70-year-old PA looked in horror as the black and white striped Californian Kingsnake popped its head out of the bowl.

She ran from her flat and knocked on the door of her neighbour, Michael Eva.

The snake found lurking in Mary's loo Credit: SWNS

When they both went back into the bathroom they found the snake sitting on the bath. The terrified pair then ran from the room and sellotaped the door shut.

It later emerged the reptile had escaped from another neighbouring flat four months ago.

I've never seen anything like it before. I was so shocked.

I've seen snakes before, but never one poking its head out of my toilet. It was terrifying.

When I went to tell Michael about the snake, he asked me how many gins I'd had.

– Mary Curtis

She looked like she'd seen a ghost. This head, with the forked tongue, just poked out the toilet bowl, it freaked us all out.

– Michael Eva, neighbour
The snake found lurking in Mary's loo Credit: SWNS

An RSPCA inspector found the snake hiding under the bath, and quickly identified it as a Californian Kingsnake.

Apparently it's non-venomous, but you don't know that at the time. It wasn't a snake I recognised, and any snake I don't recognise, especially if it's coming out of your toilet, is deadly until proven otherwise. I did not know that snakes swam through pipes and toilets.

– Mary Curtis
  • The California kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae) is a nonvenomous snake endemic to the western United States and northern Mexico
  • It is a relatively small subspecies of the common kingsnake and is naturally found in a wide variety of habitats