- Snakes are turning up in Aussie toilets!
- "The first snake was 3 meters long (9.8 feet) and the second one was 2.4 meters (7.8 feet)," said Elliot Budd, who works as a snake catcher
- Reptile expert Professor Lin Schwarzkopf said it wasn’t usual for snakes
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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 last months.
Elliot Budd, who works as a snake catcher 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.
Budd spent 15 minutes removing a 2.4-metre carpet python from a Townsville U-bend on the weekend, a week after he released a three-metre beauty found coiled in a toilet by tradesmen. All but the second snake’s head and 10cm of its body was inside the toilet piping. Budd could not unbolt the toilet and said tugging at the creature would have caused it injury.
“Its head was just sitting there looking right at you,” he said. “After about 15 minutes of just holding him, he just came out by himself.”
Budd said he had never pulled a snake from a toilet before the first Townsville incident but he’s recently removed snakes from pools, kitchens, offices and gardens.
James Cook University reptile expert Professor Lin Schwarzkopf said it wasn’t usual for snakes to go into toilets because they liked moist places with objects to hide under. But now they had become more bold in the search for water during a dry breeding season.
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