The parents of a five-month-old baby received a shock when they discovered a metre-long python snake in her room.
The royal python slithered out of the nursery of the family home in Tadworth, Surrey, according to the RSPCA.
It then made its way down the stairs and settled under the sofa.
It was removed by the girl’s uncle, who took the animal to a nearby friend who owns a vivarium.
The father of the family, who did not want to be identified, said he is terrified of snakes.
RSPCA animal collection officer Louis Horton said: “The young royal python was very friendly so I was sure he was an escaped pet from a nearby home.
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“I took him into our care but, thankfully, we were able to find his owner and return him.
“It turns out he was called Gozer the Gozerian – named after Ghostbusters – and belonged to the family’s neighbour.
“He’d been missing since May so it was nice to be able to return him home.”
Gozer had escaped from his vivarium by pushing out the air vent, according to his owner, Bex.
She said she and her partner Jon did not alert neighbours at the time because they did not want to frighten them.
“Snakes are like little ninjas, it’s amazing how they can escape,” Bex said.
“Gozer is like Houdini. He’s very naughty but we’re so pleased to have him home.”