A DJ discovered an unwanted visitor in his Queens home Tuesday night when he spotted a 3-foot snake slithering around his living room upon returning from the holiday weekend.
Jay Dabhi, a DJ on Amp Radio, had just put his sleeping daughter on the couch late Tuesday night when he and his wife detected the brown and orange corn snake crawling up the leg of a rocking chair.
“We don’t have any toy snakes, is that real??” Dabhi recalled his wife screaming.
“There was a mothaf***in snake in our living room, in QUEENS!” Dabhi wrote on Facebook about the incident.
Dabhi grabbed his two year old daughter, Samira, and passed her to his wife while he called 911 for help.
“My daughter was within inches [of the snak[of the snak[of the snake]momma bear kicked in, I was like I have to protect my family,” Shireen Elnaggar, Dabhi’s wife, said.
The family ran to the foyer behind a baby gate where they could watch the slimy beast from a safe distance.
“I call 911… and the operator is like ‘are you sure it’s not a toy?’… and then she starts laughing,” Dabhi said.
The operator explained a police officer had been shot and it was Fourth of July so there would be a delay in response, despite the issue being marked as “high priority.”
Dabhi called 911 two more times before officers finally responded over an hour later.
Eventually police from the Emergency Services Unit had to come and wrangle the snake out of the house, which had curled up next to a warm extension cord.
“They came in their big… truck like they were going to battle a dinosaur… they grabbed it by the head, unraveled it… and said they would bring it back to the station and wait for someone to claim it… if not they would bring it to a local pet shop,” Dabhi said.
The ESU officers said the guest was an albino corn snake and while it may be non-venomous, it can constrict and bite prey.
“If my daughter was running to it and thinking it was a toy it could’ve easily wrapped around her leg and arm,” Dabhi said, grateful the reptile was removed by the cops.
He added he’s used to bugs and rodents—the typical NYC wildlife— but a snake in Queens was a “one in a million” moment.
“We saw a roly poly in our house the other day… that’s the most wildlife we’ve seen!”
Dabhi later tweeted, “Thank you @NYPD108Pct for saving us from a snake intruder last night!”