Meanwhile, in Florida: Orlando’s Ali Skipper woke up Friday morning to a ball python curled up on her 2nd story bathroom sink.
Ali Skipper just moved into her new apartment. She likes it. Or she did, until she found a 4-foot ball python coiling onto the sink in her bathroom.
“There is a snake in my 2nd story bathroom!!!” Skipper sounded off on Facebook. “Who do we call? I’m freaking out!!!” she captions with the following photo:
A fair reaction! Snakes are wonderful for ecosystems. They help control disease-ridden pests. But there’s really no place for a python in a bathroom sink. Especially considering this now-invasive species belongs on the other side of the planet.
Thanks to the pet trade, however, pythons now
run slither rampant in Florida. Which is exactly how this particular 4-foot snake wound up in Skipper’s sink.
The Orlando resident now knows she has been living with the large serpent for as long as she’s been in the apartment. Her local Fox 35 reports that her apartment’s previous owner “apparently left behind a 4-foot ball python that Skipper never noticed.”
That is… A lot more alarming. Even if it was two weeks of free pest control.
Python ‘Likely Spent Most of its Time Hiding Under’ the Fridge
Speaking to Fox 35 herself, Skipper says she believes the snake “likely spent most of its time hiding under” the fridge. She was completely unaware that she had a roommate. A 4-foot, invasive snake for one, at that.
“The previous resident left it behind. So, it’s been here a few weeks,” she confirms to her local station. The two didn’t meet until Skipper woke up this past Friday to see the python curling atop her bathroom sink.
Her photo shows the former pet pressing itself against her bathroom mirror. This apparently docile behavior reflects in the story’s end, as Fox 35 reports the python was “safely removed without any incident.”
In the time since, the snake has been “relocated to somewhere outside of the apartment.” Hopefully a sanctuary.
As we often cite here on Outsider, pythons are master escape artists. Alongside people releasing their pet snakes into the wild after they become too large, this penchant for escape has led to the python becoming one of the worst invasive species in U.S. history.
Pythons can not only survive in the Florida Everglades, but thrive. There, they’ve taken over ecosystems that host no predators large enough to dispose of them. Local ecosystems are suffering greatly as a result. Which is why the state now has an official Python Bounty Hunting program available to those brave enough to bring in the giant serpents.
One specimen alone, caught in 2020, pushed 20 feet long. So if there is an upside for Ms. Ali Skipper, it’s that her unwanted roommate was only 4-feet-long.