|The 6ft-long albino northern pine snake was found curled up on top of a bath mat on a radiator|
A teenage girl was shocked to discover a huge albino snake curled up on top of the radiator in her bathroom.
Hannah Brierley, 16, thought her mother was playing a prank when she spotted the six foot-long northern pine snake on a bath mat which was hung up to dry at her home in Rochdale, Manchester.
She stared at the reptile for a few minutes until it moved and quickly called for her 40-year-old mother, Karen Marriott, to come upstairs.
Mrs Marriott attempted to call the RSCPA at 7am yesterday morning but after she was unable to get through she panicked and dialled 999.
She said: 'Hannah was calm at first. She can't even deal with spiders, but I don't think she thought it was real.
'She'd been looking at it for a few minutes until it moved. She thought I was having a joke.
'I felt like a wally dialling 999 but I didn't know what to do. I'm frightened because I don't know how it got in.
'It was like something out of a film. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Everybody needed a wee, but we couldn't go.'
Craig Wallace, a detective based at Rochdale police station, overheard the control room call and although it's not a police matter, he offered to help as he has experience with keeping snakes.
Det Con Wallace used a pillowcase to capture the white snake and took it back to the station, before being transferred into the care of the RSPCA.
The officer added: 'I keep snakes so I know a lot about them. It was a northern pine snake. They can give a nasty bite, but they're not venomous.
'If it did bite you, you would struggle to get it off. I put my hand through a pillow slip then got the back of it's head and wrapped it up.'
He believes the reptile may be a family pet which has either escaped or been set free and slithered into the house on during the recent warm weather.
DC Wallace added: 'It's been a nice few days with people leaving doors and windows open. It isn't uncommon for them to go through the loft space or floorboards.
He added: 'I wanted to keep it as a station pet, but no-one would sit near me.'
The RSPCA later attended Rochdale police station and the snake is now being cared for by the animal charity.
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