According to pest control technicians with Trapper Jack Wildlife Specialist, a homeowner in Murfreesboro called at around 8 a.m. after finding the snake in the bathroom.

The slithering intruder was identified as a non-venomous species of snake called the Gray Ratsnake, also known as a ‘chicken snake,’ according to the responding technician, David Nipper.

The reptile is believed to have entered the house through a hole in the bathroom’s drywall. The homeowner told Nipper that he’d recently had plumbing work done but hadn’t had the time to patch it up.

The snake was released unharmed outside of Nashville at a nearby reservoir.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, ‘Chicken Snakes’ generally grow to between 3 1/2 to 6 feet and can be found all over Tennessee.

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