SAN DIEGO – Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how a 5 1/2-foot snake wound up in a toilet at a downtown office building.
PR executive Stephanie Lacsa told San Diego County authorities she noticed the water level in the toilet was higher than usual when she went to the second-floor restroom Tuesday. When she plunged it, a snake popped up and flicked its tongue at her.
She screamed, ran out, taped the door shut and called Animal Services.
The department says an animal control officer found a giant Columbian rainbow boa on the floor, hiding behind the toilet. The snake was shedding and slightly underweight.
At about 5 pounds, the snake was underweight and shedding. Also a bit grouchy. It bit a handler.
The agency took the snake to an animal care center for examination. If its owner is not found, it will be given to a group with experience with boas, said Dan DeSousa, deputy director of the Department of Animal Services.
Just how the boa survived in the sewer system is a mystery. But one thing is clear.
“This is every person's worst nightmare,” Lasca said.
How it got in the toilet remains a mystery.