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Still taken from video. Shows Dhan Ramdharry in his kitchen after the snake was removed from his boiler.
A FAMILY got a fright when they found a four-foot python hiding in their boiler.
The sneaky serpent is believed to be an escaped pet which slithered into the house overnight through the catflap looking for somewhere warm and safe to hide.
Dhan Ramdharry and his family were just going about their business in the kitchen when they discovered the snake, which has now been identified as a royal or ball python, a type of constrictor snake.
Dhan's wife Kelly, who has a severe phobia of snakes, suffered a panic attack when she saw it and fled. Their 13-year-old son Brandon also left the house but their children Ruby, nine, and Marley, 14, were keen to watch what happened.
Dhan, a care home owner, tried calling the RSPCA and the local vets with no luck, but eventually got hold of Jason Miller from Reptiles Plus, who went to remove the constrictor from their home in Bournemouth.
The snake is known as a ball python because of its tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened and is a popular pet due to its typically docile temperament.
This one was a fully-grown male of about 4ft.
The centre is currently monitoring the snake and it will then be rehomed or taken to the RSPCA.