Rash of toilet snakes in Brisbane

So, this article is mostly a snake wrangler trying to drum up business. But he may have a good point. DIY snake removal is not a wise choice.

Toilet snake appearances are on the up according to a Brisbane snake catcher | The Courier-Mail.

A BRISBANE snake catcher says he is not surprised a snake took over a suburban toilet this week as he has seen a significant increase in this behaviour.

Darren Jacobs of Queensland Wildlife Solutions said he has attended four jobs involving snakes in toilets in suburban Briusbane since shortly before Christmas.

He usually gets ten in an entire year.

“There’s definitely been an increase and I believe its down to the stormy weather,” he said.

Here’s an example from last week. They couldn’t catch the critter as he went in and out of the drain hole. Not a comfortable situation.

Monty poothon: Snake takes over couple’s toilet | The Courier-Mail.

I still have to wonder how they breathe and if they get stuck in the sharp bends. This seems very odd but it does appear to be legit. Keep the lid closed. And keep a brick on it.

Yep, that's an actual snake.

Yep, that’s an actual snake.

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  4 comments for “Rash of toilet snakes in Brisbane

  1. cwart
    January 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Kinda gives a new definition to snaking the drain…

  2. January 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Shortly before we moved to Oz, my brother’s friends wound him up for months about spiders hiding under the toilet rims – the deadly kind. It was six months before he stopped his ritual of: Open bathroom door, check light switch for spider, turn light on, flick toilet seat up with finger, flush toilet three times, use toilet, flush twice, check light switch for spider, turn light off. Daft bastard.

  3. January 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Rats too. In our area snakes of any kind are rare, but rats in the toilet are fairly common. Gross and sometimes dangerous though. The wild rats can be pretty vicious.

    http://pestcontrolproduc.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Deal-with-a-Rat-Swimming-Up-the-Toilet-Bowl

    I suspect one reason there are a number of big snakes in the sewage pipes is that there are a lot of rats down there too.

  4. January 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Snakes tend to like to soak when they are about to shed their skins, so with a limited number of ponds and the like around, a toilet makes a convenient spot for them. One of the rat poisons used makes them bleed internally and subsequently they get very thirsty and go looking for water, once again a toilet is a convenient source of water.

    Unfortunately, a snake eating one of these poisoned rats may itself die, so best to leave the snakes to take care of rats without poison, or use traps.

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