A couple were left stunned after discovering a 4ft snake hiding in their toilet had been turned blue by the cleaning chemicals.
Naomi Burdett and her partner were terrified when they began to hear the rat snake, which are not poisonous, hissing in their loo.
The frightened couple ran upstairs to escape the angry reptile, and called their family to help deal with it.
Naomi Burdett and her partner were terrified when they began to hear the snake hissing in their loo (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS)Naomi said the snake, who they have affectionately named Kevin, hissed at her partner after uncovering him at their home in Basildon, Essex.
‘He ran upstairs in a moment of panic, neither of us are the biggest fans of snakes and it’s not exactly what you expect to see in your downstairs loo’, she said.
‘We haven’t had any heating until recently so it must have been really cold for him.’
Ms Burdett added: ‘We haven’t been staying here during the renovations so I have no idea where he has been living or how long he has been here.
‘I just hope he makes a full recovery now, as we grew quite attached to him.’
They have since named him Kevin, and he has been taken to recover at an animals shelter (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS)RSPCA officer Joe White said: ‘I’m sure these poor people got quite a shock when they discovered a snake residing in their toilet.
‘Rat snakes are kept as pets fairly regularly in this country so I’m sure he’s an escaped pet – if anyone recognises him they can call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.’
Kevin is now recovering at a local wildlife hospital and will be monitored in case he has ingested any of the chemicals in the toilet water.