A family in San Diego’s East County were terrified when they encountered the last pest you’d expect to find in a new rental house: an 8-foot boa constrictor.
The landlord at the La Mesa home said when the previous tenants moved out, they mentioned something about a lost snake but “didn’t seem concerned,” according to the Heartland Fire Rescue Department.
So as the new renters moved in to the 7000 block of Colony Drive, the landlord did not know to warn them about the serpent that lay in wait.
But on the afternoon of Oct. 10, the reptile decided to make its grand appearance. The new renter came out of her bedroom to find the huge snake slithering in her kitchen.
Taking up her children, she barricaded them and herself into a bedroom and called 911.
Heartland firefighters were the first to arrive, and before long, they had the situation well in hand.
Picking up the snake with gloved hands, the crew posed for a picture as they waited for El Cajon Animal Control officers to take it.
Animal Control, in turn, handed the snake over to Pet Kingdom in San Diego because of its great size.
According to Pet Kingdom’s reptile manager, the snake is a female Colombian red tail boa, about 8 years old.
The business currently has the animal quarantined to make sure it is healthy, and once it is checked out, it will be put up for sale, Heartland Fire officials say.