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