Woman is left terrified after she discovers 8ft BOA CONSTRICTOR wrapped around the sink in the bathroom of her home in Liverpool
- Police rushed to Birkenhead on the Wirral to discover 6-8ft long boa constrictor
- The snake had wrapped itself around the fittings leaving officers ‘flabbergasted’
- The woman did not know where the snake – that isn’t venomous – had come from
A woman was left terrified after stumbling upon an eight foot-long boa constrictor slithering in her bathroom.
Police rushed to the first-floor flat in Birkenhead on the Wirral after the shocked resident – who does not own a snake – found the reptile curling up between her sink and bath.
The boa constrictor was between six and eight feet-long and had wrapped itself around the fittings leaving officers ‘flabbergasted’.
A woman was left terrified after stumbling upon an eight foot-long boa constrictor slithering in her bathroom in Birkenhead on the Wirral
Police said neither the woman nor her neighbour knew where the snake – that isn’t venomous – had come from.
When efforts to enlist snake experts fell flat, police called upon a colleague, Constable Chris Eastwood, from the Matrix team.
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: ‘Constable Eastwood has knowledge of snakes and handling them and when he arrived confirmed it was a boa constrictor.
The boa constrictor was between six and eight feet-long and had wrapped itself around the fittings leaving officers ‘flabbergasted’
What are boa constrictors and are they venomous?
Boa constrictors are considered to be one of the largest snake species in the world and can reach lengths of up to 13 feet.
They are non-venomous and have an arrow-shaped head.
They have distinctive patterns on their bodies, sometimes with jagged lines, ovals, diamonds and circles.
They reach sexual maturity at around three to four years of age and can live up to 30 years.
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‘He was able to calmly approach the reptile, which had wrapped itself around the bathroom sinks and taps, and after giving it a drink of water was able to coax it to unravel itself so that he could put it into a large, safe container.’
Constable Eastwood made arrangements to have the snake temporarily housed at a local pet rescue facility.
The Merseyside Police spokeswoman joked: ‘The snake has been temporarily rehomed and is doing well – the rest is hiss-tory.’
The boa constrictor is a member of the family Boidae.
They are found in tropical North, Central, and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean.