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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (CBS Houston) — A Texas woman won’t be slithering into her bathroom anytime soon.

College Station resident Veronica Rodriguez found a 12-foot African python crawling into her bathtub.

“It was a huge scare,” Rodriguez told The Eagle.

The 50-year-old Rodriguez was home alone when she saw the python. Rodriguez said she kept hearing noises coming from the back of the house while she was talking on the phone.

“As soon as I turned on the light, that’s when I saw it,” Rodriguez told The Eagle. “It was crawling into my tub.”

Rodriguez immediately called 911 and the first police officer arrived on the scene was only carrying a paper sack to catch the 12-foot long snake.

“When the officer showed up, he came with a brown paper sack,” Rodriguez explained to The Eagle. “I told him, ‘You’re going to need a bigger sack than that.’”

College Station Police Officer Tony Gonzales was shocked when he saw the snake in Rodriguez’s bathroom.

“When I opened her bathroom door, there was a 12-foot python,” Gonzales told The Eagle. “I didn’t know what I was going to do with a snake that large.”

Officers finally arrived with a 10-gallon bucket to help snare the snake.

The snake was left in the container on the side of Rodriguez’s home overnight until animal control picked it up. They then transported it to a reptile rescue facility where it was eventually claimed by its owner.

“How do you lose a snake that big? That’s what I want to know. How do you lose something that big and that mean? That’s like letting a lion escape from the zoo — you can’t! I don’t understand,” neighbor Reighna Taylor told KBTX-TV.

No charges will be filed against the snake’s owner.

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