I'm not sure if this is rational or not, but I've always had a fear of something coming up into the toilet bowl whilst I'm doing my business. Call me crazy, but knowing that the pipes are connected to the sewers freaks me out a little. A while ago I read a story about rats getting into toilets which put the fear of God into me, but it turns out that rats are the least of our toilet woes...
Imagine popping to the loo, only to find that a python has taken up residence in your toilet. Well that is exactly what happened TWICE in the Australian city of Townsville this month. Snake catcher Elliot Budd, who works in the northeastern city in Queensland, received two calls in the past two weeks to remove snakes that had snuck their way into people's toilets. Prepare to be scared by what he said when questioned about these snakes.
"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.
So how did he gets it out? Well it turns out the snake was clinging onto the toilet's S-bend so hard, that he had to unbolt the lav to get it out. That's one heavy duty snake.
When he was called in a second time for a 'snake-in-a-toilet' situation however, he thought somebody was pranking him. Can you blame the guy?
"It was on the 12th. That one the lady told me on the phone that it was in the 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.
"I'm not a plumber but it's very unlikely for them to come up through the pipes," he said.
"I wouldn't say it's common but it does happen," Budd said. "All the other snake catchers have been doing it for 15 to 20 years and some of them haven't had one in the toilet themselves."
So why are the snakes heading for toilets? Well Budd suspects that a dry spell they are experiencing is the problem.
"It just comes down to the fact that it's really dry right now and they're looking for water and it is mating season right now," he said.
"They are using a lot more energy than they normally would so they need more water. They're non-venomous these snakes. They aren't considered dangerous. They're not something to fear but it's best if you come across them to leave them alone."
So unless you are in the hot hot Australian outback, you're probably safe from toilet snakes. Just in case though, make sure you take a bat to the toilet if it's hot outside. If I've learned anything in this life it's that you can never be too careful.