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(NEWSER) – Stephanie Lacsa was in the bathroom at her San Diego office Tuesday when she noticed the toilet water was a bit higher than usual. She grabbed a plunger, only to discover what she says is "every person's worst nightmare": a 5-foot boa constrictor sliding out of the toilet, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lacsa ran screaming, then taped the bathroom shut, reports Fox5 San Diego.

The Department of Animal Services soon came to her rescue, removing the grumpy and shedding Colombian rainbow boa from behind the toilet. Lacsa says the snake, which later bit a handler, likely belongs to a tenant in the building, built in 1886, but no one has claimed it.

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