Imagine going to the bathroom and finding a huge python curled up inside the toilet bowl. That happened not just once but twice in the Australian city of Townsville this month!
Elliot Budd, who works as a snake catcher in the country, received two calls in the past two weeks to remove snakes that had snuck their way into people’s toilets.
“The first snake was 3 meters long (9.8 feet) and the second one was 2.4 meters (7.8 feet),” he told CNN. “The first one I got, the house was being renovated so it was a few tradesmen working there that came across it. I was definitely a bit surprised when it was in the toilet,” Budd said.
It was a particularly tricky case to remove as the snake had a firm grip on the toilet’s S-bend, he said. Budd finally got it out after unbolting the toilet.
When he was called in a second time for a ‘snake-in-a-toilet’ situation, he thought somebody was pranking him.
“It was on the 12th that one lady told me on the phone that it was in her toilet. At first, I thought maybe somebody was just having a joke after the first one. I didn’t think I’d see two of them in the toilet. The lady very much wanted to get it out,” he said.
Budd believes the snakes, both non-venomous carpet pythons, are getting through open doors and windows.
“I’m not a plumber but it’s very unlikely for them to come up through the pipes,” he said.