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A 'Cheeky' Visitor - Carpet Python

The following story is provided by our Site Partner, Blogger and Proud Business Owner "Snake Catchers Brisbane". They provide stories on their non-stop adventures and inform the public on the wide range of snake species they encounter.

On Tuesday afternoon, we got a call from a customer in Chapel Hill (Brisbane/Australia), who was admittedly quite embarrassed about needing to have the following discussion.

She explained how she went into the bathroom to go to the toilet, but did not turn the light on. "Mid-stream", she felt something bite her bottom! As you can imagine, she jumped up quite quickly. It all happened so fast, and she initially thought it was a frog. Of course, she discovered it was not a frog, but in fact a Carpet Python which had gotten just as much of a fright as she did. Unfortunately, the snakes preferred exit point was blocked after being spooked by the customer sitting down and it simply lashed out in fear. It showed no defensive behaviour after this point.

Our snake catcher arrived promptly, with first aid in hand, so that the customer could clean herself up and get some antiseptic spray on the few small puncture marks left by the snake. Fortunately for us, the customer remained calm and remembered not to flush the toilet, as flushing could cause the snake to retreat down into the pipes again.

The snake was safely removed and relocated, and the customer handled the situation like an absolute champ, having a sense of humour about it the entire time. She said her toilet habits have forever changed! Lights will be on, and she will always give the bowl a quick glance before sitting down.

While we don't catch snakes in toilets every single day, it is quite a regular occurrence. However, being bitten on the behind by a Carpet Python in the toilet is certainly not a regular occurrence, and it was the first time we have turned up to an incident of this kind.

If you find a Carpet Python in your toilet, don't poke and prod it, don't continue to flush the toilet. If you do these things it increases the chances of us not being able to access the snake if it retreats further into the pipe. Put the lid down, secure it, and call a snake catcher.

Morelia spilota, commonly referred to as the carpet python or diamond python, is a large snake of the family Pythonidae found in Australia, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, and the northern Solomon Islands

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