When Stacey Way was cleaning her bathroom floor she spotted something yellow lying alongside a pipe. At first glance she thought it was a banana, dropped by her young child. On closer inspection she realized it was a snake.
In fact, this wasn't the first time that Stacey, aged 28, had seen the supposed banana in the bathroom of her rented home in Parkstone, Dorset in the UK. A few days previously, the Daily Mail reports, she had noticed the "object" but had been distracted and had forgotten to pick it up. One her second round of cleaning she saw the yellowish object and, on closer inspection, noticed that it moved and had a mouth.
Evidently scared by the experience, the young mother grabbed her two children and fled her house. The Daily Echo reports that after asking a friend to check her bathroom, who confirmed it was a indeed a large snake Stacey called the UK's main charity for dealing with animal and reptile incidents, the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
The RSPCA noticed that the main part of the snake was beneath the floorboards of the bathroom. The snake was enticed out by placing a large bowl of water close by. This worked and the snake emerged. The snake tuned out to be a large boa constrictor. The snake was taken to a reptile center in Dorset.
Speaking of the experience, Stacey Way was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph. She said:
"I looked closer and realized that the banana, or now snake, had a mouth...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."
It is not known how the boa constrictor, which originate from Central and South America, ended up in the bathroom of a rented house in Dorset. It is also unclear how someone can mistake a large snake for a banana.