TMZ has learned ... fire trucks raced to Zsa Zsa Gabor's Beverly Hills mansion yesterday after receiving a call about an 8 foot snake hanging from her front gate ... but alas, the creature is still at large!!!!!
Los Angeles City Fire Officials confirm that a unit was dispatched to the residence to handle the snake situation ... but when they arrived, the snake was nowhere to be found.
According to Zsa Zsa's husband -- Prince Von A-Hole -- the snake slithered its way into the bushes ... and the firefighters told him that Animal Control would be better equipped to handle the situation.
After a massive ground search on the property -- the snake was nowhere to be found and Prince is scared out of his mind ... telling us, "I cannot sleep tonight if this beast is around!"