MEET Sammy, a 5ft corn snake who was captured after popping up through a toilet in a family’s home.
The snake terrified 10-year-old Roberta Vaitkute, who found it flattened against the wall in a bathroom on Friday.
Sammy went missing from a snake tank, at a neighbouring home in All Saints Road, Buckland, six months ago.
The snake slithered into the sewers but instead of escaping it lurked in pipes beneath the row of houses.
Roberta said: ‘I just lost all words and stood completely frozen for ages when I realised it was a snake.
‘I didn’t move for a minute then I ran into the living room and hid on the sofa.
‘I don’t want to have that happen to me again but I am looking forward to going back and telling all my friends at school. My mum had been in there half an hour before me but she didn’t see it.’
Neither Roberta’s mother or father speak English.
They had to call family friend Vilma Zekoniene to translate their predicament to the authorities.
The 37-year-old, an interpreter for Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Roberta’s brother Rimvydas called me to say they needed help.
‘The room has no window so it must have come up through the toilet.
‘The RSPCA came out very quickly. It tried to get down through the sink and escape so they had to plug it up.
‘It was hissing but it wasn’t biting so they said it must not have been very hungry.
‘It wasn’t dangerous or anything but it was knocking everything off the shelves. They could hear it from the other side of the door.
‘I stayed at home because I am terrified of snakes. If it was my house I would have to move.’
Sammy had already been caught trying to flee down the toilet bowl once before. After his second successful attempt, owner Harry Sharpe, 20, thought his pet would have died of malnutrition.
He said: ‘I can’t believe he has been there all this time.
‘I just want him back now.
‘He’s a friendly snake. I’m not sure how he has been surviving for so long without any food. He must have been eating mice down there.’
The snake, which is pale white with red spots, was taken away by the RSPCA.