A Kansas man found an unexpected visitor slithering beneath his couch cushions this week.
On Monday, the Butler County Fire District #3 responded to a Rose Hill residence after being asked by the city’s police department to assist with an “unusual call,” they revealed in a post on Facebook.
As it turns out, the call was from a Rose Hill resident reporting that they discovered a six-foot snake hiding inside their living room couch, fire officials said. The BCFD later confirmed on Facebook that the snake was a boa constrictor.
After arriving at the scene, the BCFD said Deputy Fire Chief Melvin Linot, whom they referred to as their “resident snake charmer,” successfully captured the long serpent and brought it outside.
“Yikes!” the BCFD captioned the terrifying photo of Linot holding the snake in his hands beside firefighter Brandon Kolter.
“Never a dull moment at BCFD#3!” they added in a follow-up post.
Authorities noted that the boa constrictor does not belong to the homeowners and that they are currently searching for its owner.
As of Thursday, no one had come forward to claim the serpent, leaving authorities stumped about what to do next, Butler County Fire Chief James Woydziak tells PEOPLE.
“The snake is currently at a pet store in nearby Derby where it can be cared for,” Woydziak says. “We have no idea how the snake got into the apartment because the tenants have lived there for four years and have never owned a snake and were quite upset to have it in their home. They have owned the couch for that entire time.”
“The Police Department and us are trying to figure out if we have to keep it for a specified time like lost property, or since it was in their home, if we can get it to a new home relatively quickly,” he continues. “One idea was to get it into the hands of someone who does the educational visits to schools teaching about animals.”
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While it is uncertain what will happen if no one claims the boa constrictor, many Facebook users have already offered to take in the slithering surprise as their new pet.
Woydziak says the department has had “at least a dozen phone calls from as far away as Jacksonville, FL offering to adopt the animal.”
“AWWWWW! if he needs a home i come get it!! i got lots of love to give!!!” wrote one user, while another commented, “If nobody claims it I will absolutely adopt it!”
“I am not missing any snakes, but if that beauty needs a home I would be happy to take the little feller in and give it a good home,” added someone else.
Anyone with information about the boa constrictor is asked to call the BCFD #3 office at 316-776-0401.