A 12-FOOT snake has been giving two friends the slip after it slithered under the floorboards at their house in Accrington.
And now pals Danielle Moore, 19, and Rebecca Clinning, 18, have adder-enough of the Burmese python after it wreaked havoc in their house in West Crescent.
The girls agreed to adopt it after its owner was sent to prison and needed someone to care for it.
However, their snake-charming skills were not up to scratch as the roaming reptile - nicknamed Snakey - slid under their floorboards, burst the building's water pipes and demolished part of the kitchen ceiling.
Danielle said: "We agreed to look after it because it would have died otherwise.
"We got it from a friend of a friend and we have had it three months, but we just can't get rid of it.
"We had it in the bathroom but we couldn't get it out of the bath, so we moved it into the bedroom.
"Then it escaped under the upstairs floorboards for about two weeks before it came through the kitchen ceiling.
"It has burst some of the water pipes by crawling around up there and now we can't have a bath until we get it fixed."
Since then, the slippery character has been caught and is now living in an upstairs room until the house mates can decide what to do with it.
Danielle said: "We rang the police and they put us in touch with the RSPCA but they came around and said they couldn't do anything until it had come out from under the floorboards.
"We have been feeding it on dead rats but it only eats about one a month.
"It moves quite slowly most of the time unless it has been fed.
"We are just looking to get it a good home."
- BURMESE pythons (Molurus Bivittatus) can grow up to 20ft long and weight up to 200 pounds.
In the wild they live off a varied diet including lizards, birds, mammals and even other snakes.