Snakes are fascinating creatures, but there's no denying they terrify the hell out of a lot of people.
Now, even if you're not afraid of snakes, I doubt you'd like to find one in your toilet, correct?
Finding a snake in your toilet is an admittedly rare occurrence, but, according to National Geographic, there have been documented cases in Australia, South Africa, and the United States. Snakes don't tend to crawl up your piping either. No, that'd be too covert. They slither their way into your home and watch you sleep before dropping themselves into the toilet, like the completely unsubtle creatures that they are.
Earlier this year, a toilet snake in Thailand made international news after it crawled into a man’s squat toilet bowl in Chachoengsao Province and chowed down on his penis. I'm shuddering just thinking about it. A local rescuer told reporters at the time that he had seen snakes in toilets "many times."
Does this mean you should keep your eyes peeled when using the bathroom in Thailand?
Well, here's another case for you: Animal rescue workers successfully relocated a rat snake from a toilet in Khon Kaen, Thailand, earlier this week. It's all on video, too.
The process is pretty gross, according to Geoff Jacobs, who runs a snake-catching business in Brisbane, Australia, and says he gets several calls a year to remove snakes from toilets:
It's the worst job. You get a toilet bowl that's been there 30 or 40 years—we see the bit that gets cleaned but the rest of it doesn't. When you go to pull the thing out of there, it's not fun.
These Thai rescuers make it look easy, however!