The nearly 6-foot-long Colombian rainbow boa that popped out of a toilet in a downtown office building belonged to a resident in the building and may have gone missing while hunting for water, Lt. Dan DeSousa, deputy director of the county Department of Animal Services, said Thursday.
"The snake was probably in the sewer system for a short time, maybe just hours or days at the most," he said.
When the snake appeared in the toilet at Vertical PR + Marketing Wednesday morning, needless to say, it scared the bejesus out of owner Stephanie Lasca. "As soon I saw the flicker of its tongue, I definitely knew that it was, in fact, a large snake heading straight toward me," Lacsa told U-T San Diego.
After screaming, slamming the door, and running from the bathroom, the PR exec called the Department of Animal Services -- where the snake remains.
The department has contacted the owner, giving him the option of reclaiming his pet. If he declines, a new home will be sought.