Virginia Animal Control Officers Remove ‘Lost and Confused’ Anaconda From Apartment Toilet

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Animal control officers received a big surprise last week while responding to a snake call inside an apartment bathroom in Arlington, Virginia.

Arlington County Animal Control said they received a call for a snake inside an apartment toilet, something that isn’t that unusual, KTLA sister station WTVR-TV reported. However, this wasn’t just any snake, it was a juvenile yellow anaconda that was nearly 5 feet long.

On a yellow anaconda scale, that is actually quite small. Fully grown yellow anacondas can be up to 13 feet long and over 100 pounds.

This yellow anaconda was removed from a toilet in Arlington Virginia in late Dec. 2016. (Credit: Animal Welfare League of Arlington)

This yellow anaconda was removed from a toilet in Arlington Virginia in late Dec. 2016. (Credit: Animal Welfare League of Arlington)

Officials say Officer Brenys White was able to safely remove the “lost and confused” snake from the toilet and took it to a shelter.

The yellow anaconda stayed at the shelter for a few days until they were able to find a specialist familiar with the species who could give it the care it needed.

“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,” Animal Welfare League of Arlington officials wrote on their Facebook page.

The shelter is still investigating how the snake got inside the toilet, but say it was likely abandoned and went into the toilet seeking food like rats and mice.

“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,” the shelter added.