'Banana' in the bathroom turned out to be boa constrictor
A mother was shocked to discover a "banana" she found in her bathroom was actually a four-foot-long boa constrictor.A woman was left shocked when she discovered that what she thought was a banana in her bathroom was actually a 4ft long boa constrictor.
Stacey Way, 28, was cleaning the bathroom floor when she noticed a yellow object next to the water pipe.
She assumed it was a banana her toddler had shoved down the side, and went to fetch her gloves to pick it up, but forgot about it.
A few days later she was bathing her two daughters and wiped the floor again when she suddenly saw the object move.
On closer inspection, she realised that the 'banana' actually had a mouth - and that it was a snake.
Horrified, she took the children, aged two and four, out of the bath, and called a friend who arrived with a box.
The pair went to a nearby reptile centre to ask for help but they were forced to call the RSPCA, who told them the floorboards would need to be removed to rescue the beast.
But as the property was rented, the officer advised her to leave a tub full of water on the bathroom floor to entice the snake out.
When Stacey checked a few hours later the creature had fully emerged and the reptile centre were able to collect it from her home in Parkstone, Dorset.
Stacey Way, 28, said: "I was wiping the bathroom floor when I noticed what I thought was a mouldy banana my toddler had shoved down the side of the water pipe.
"I know it sounds ridiculous, but I thought 'I'll get that in a minute with my gloves on' and then just forget all about it.
"Three days later I was bathing my two little ones and wiped around the floor again when I saw that this thing was sticking out more than before but as I got closer it went back in.
"I was so shocked, I couldn't believe it.
"I looked closer and realised that the banana, or now snake, had a mouth.
"We went round to the reptile centre near us, but then had to call the RSPCA who told us we would have to get a builder to remove the floorboards to get it.
"It's a rented property so we couldn't do that, and in the end the officer said to put a box with some water in it, as snakes like water for some reason, and leave it there.
"When I looked in the bathroom a few hours later he was sticking right out the hole so I called the shop and they came and got him.
"It was about three-to-four feet long, I couldn't believe it.
"Now I think I'm seeing snakes everywhere even though we've filled up all the holes.
"I don't mind snakes from a distance, but not in my bathroom."
Boa constrictors originate from Central and South America and can grow up to 13 ft long, but the largest ever found measured a staggering 18 ft.
They eat almost anything they can catch and stretch their jaws to swallow large prey whole.