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Woman surprised by snake inside bathtub in Golden Hills

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A juvenile ball python was recovering at an animal shelter Tuesday following an apparent sewer voyage that ended in a bathtub at a Golden Hill apartment.

A woman preparing to take a bath at her residence in the 3400 block of Beech Street was shocked to find the roughly foot-long reptile curled up around the drain on Thursday, May 5th when the incident happened, according to the county Department of Animal Services.

When a DAS officer arrived to investigate, she discovered a second resident standing watch over the snake with a large stick in his hands, just in case, agency spokesman Dan DeSousa said.

The couple reported that their apartment had been fully secured prior to the surprise appearance of the asp.

"It's our belief that he - he or she, we don't know which sex it is - came up through the drain," DeSousa said.

The officer took custody of the snake, which was underweight and had some minor skin problems, and brought the reptile to the animal-services department's Gaines Street shelter. The python was expected to fully recover, according to DeSousa.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the reptile's ownership remained unknown, as the county agency has received no reports of a missing snake.

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