A 3-foot pet corn snake was reunited with its owners eight months after it went missing from the family's Brooklyn brownstone, authorities said.
The snake, Flame, escaped its home on Fifth Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Park Slope in June, the 78th precinct tweeted.
The reptile showed up Friday at a neighbor's house and the terrified woman called 911, police said.
DNAInfo reports the neighbor, Minerva Fernandez, is so fearful of snakes she can't even watch them on TV. The website said Fernandez hid in her apartment, waiting for police to arrive, as another neighbor kept the snake pinned in a corner of her staircase with a mop handle.
Police arrived and captured the snake, then kept it at the precinct station house until the family could be reunited with it Saturday.
A snake expert told DNAInfo the reptile probably survived on mice and other small rodents during its eight-month jaunt around Park Slope, and set up someplace warm in the winter months, possibly by a radiator.
Photo Credit: @NYPD78Pct