An Arlington resident was shocked to find a snake in their apartment toilet, and not just any snake, a juvenile Yellow Anaconda.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington reported the discovery on its Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon.
Thankfully, no one was injured, and the Anaconda was safely rescued from the toilet and given a new home by a specialist.
The AWLA notes that when they are fully grown, Yellow Anacondas can measure up to 13 feet long and can weigh more than 100 pounds.
Read the organization’s Facebook post describing the incident below.
It’s never a dull day in Arlington County Animal Control! Last week, our Animal Control team received a call about a snake in the toilet of a local apartment. Officer Brenys White was able to safely remove the snake from the toilet and brought him back to the shelter. We were all in for a bit of a surprise – we were expecting him to be a wild snake or a ball python, but the snake is, in fact, a juvenile Yellow Anaconda!
Luckily, we were able to find a specialist who is familiar with his species and will be able to give him the care that he needs. We highly encourage anyone thinking about having a snake as a pet to do extremely thorough research to determine whether they will be able to adequately care for their snake. Fully grown, Yellow Anacondas can be up to 13ft long and weigh more than 100lbs. They need specialized care and housing, and while they are non-venomous, can be dangerous when they reach full size and are not well-socialized.
Plus, no-one likes being surprised by a lost and confused snake in their toilet! We are glad that in this circumstance we were able to rescue this snake, and that he did not make it out of the apartment complex and into the wild. Thank you to Officer Brenys for rescuing the snake and our specialist for giving him a new home!
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