Woman Finds Python in Bathroom, Likely Left Behind By Previous Resident

A woman in Florida found a 4-foot ball python on her bathroom countertop on Friday and she believes it's been in the home since she moved in.

Ali Skipper, who lives in Orlando, told WOFL she believed the previous resident of the home left the snake behind when they moved out. If that's the case, the snake has likely been in the house for a few weeks and she suspected the snake had been living under her fridge, since it was there before she moved in.

"There is a snake in my 2nd story bathroom!!!" she wrote in a post to a private Facebook group for nearby residents, according to screenshots of the post. "Who do we call? I'm freaking out!!!"

News of the unwanted roommate was met with mixed reactions online. Some people sided with Skipper and agreed that it was a discovery that would leave them feeling uneasy. However, others dismissed the concerns because the snake didn't pose any real danger to Skipper or any pets that may have been in the home.

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A woman in Florida found a ball python in her bathroom and she suspected the snake had been there since before she moved in. Snake breeder Ken Gubersky of Canada holds a Ball Python for visitors to see, at the Hong Kong International Reptile Expo on July 17, 2010. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Ball pythons are the most popular pet python in the world, according to Reptiles Magazine and make for "ideal captives." That's due to their small size, generally friendly demeanor and their being easy to care for.

Adult female ball pythons range from 3 to 5 feet in length and adult male ball pythons are typically much smaller, at only 2 to 3 feet in size. While 5 feet is thought to be a large snake, some ball pythons have reportedly measured up to 6 feet, according to the magazine.

Reptiles Magazine noted that ball pythons are "secretive snakes" that utilize hiding spots. When domesticated, it's advisable to feed the animal once every week or two, so it's possible the snake remained hidden since Skipper moved into the apartment.

Fortunately, as several people online pointed out, the snake isn't much of a threat to humans. While they will bite if they feel they're being excessively threatened, ball pythons aren't venomous, so the bite is mostly superficial.

Several people speculated online that the snake made itself visible because it was hungry and many expressed anger or sadness that the animal was possibly left behind after its owner moved out. Some said the owner should be fined and one Facebook user suggested taking it to a veterinarian to see if the snake had been microchipped to identify its owner.

Skipper reached out to the appropriate authorities and the snake was removed and relocated from her house.

Newsweek reached out to Ali Skipper for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.