A family was left devastated after spotting a five-foot snake slithering across their living room floor.
Fearing the black-and-white reptile might be poisonous, the father ushered his children to another room before calling 999.
RSPCA officers were unable to enter the flat in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, until morning, putting responsibility in the hands of West Midlands Police.
Arriving armed with a pillowcase and a grab, an officer found the snake under the sofa in early June.
One officer even joked, “Do I have to record the time of arrest?” when he rescued the animal and put it in a cage.
West Midlands Police believe the snake may have entered the property through the pipe system.
A spokesman said: “A police officer’s day is never dull – as one of our response teams found when called to help a family who had found a snake in their home.
“RSPCA colleagues were only able to attend in the morning, so our officers went to help – equipped with a grab and a pillowcase.
“They found the snake under a sofa and managed to put it safely in the suitcase and take it to a local reptile house.
“One of our call center reps — our in-house reptile expert who worked in animal research for the University of British Columbia — had offered advice on the likely species of snake and tips on how to manage it.”
Police confirmed the snake was “doing absolutely fine” and will be looking for a new home.
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