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Woman bitten by snake hiding in her toilet


Posted on Friday, 25 January, 2019 | Comment icon 8 comments

Check the bowl before sitting down... Image Credit: Jasmine Zeleny / Snake Catchers Brisbane / Facebook
59-year-old Helen Richards got the surprise of her life when the reptile sank its fangs in to her posterior.
Richards, who lives in Brisbane, Australia, had been paying a visit to the lavatory at a relative's house on Tuesday when she felt a "sharp tap" on her behind and literally jumped off the toilet seat.

"I jumped up with my pants down and turned around to see what looked like a longneck turtle receding back into the bowl," she told a local newspaper.

Fortunately snake handler Jasmine Zeleny was soon on the scene to remove the creature.
"Unfortunately, the snake's preferred exit point was blocked after being spooked by Helen sitting down, and it lashed out in fear," she said. "By the time I got there, she had trapped the snake and calmed down. Helen treated the whole situation like a champion."

As luck would have it, the snake was only a carpet python, meaning that its bite wasn't dangerous.

According to Zeleny, it is common for snakes to seek refuge in toilet bowls during very hot weather.

As such, checking the bowl before sitting down would seem to be a wise precaution.

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

Tags: Snake, Toilet, Australia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks on 25 January, 2019, 11:51
I like snakes, but would never want that kind of encounter with them. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Mystify on 25 January, 2019, 20:06
This has to be a huge fear among many out there. ugh...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Trelane on 25 January, 2019, 21:13
Does it mention the time of day? I find it hard to believe that she didn't see something in the bowl unless it was dark out and had no lights on. There is of course the possibility that she doesn't flush frequently, which is an entirely different discussion.
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye on 25 January, 2019, 23:50
A dry snake tapping a helpless woman in the dark, ain't that just like a reptile ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by aniknonymous on 26 January, 2019, 2:36
i could never sit down without looking. ever since i saw a video years ago where spiders were under the toilet sit i could no longer just not look despite the biggest spider i could ever find where i live is a nail sided normal spider. even if you are not even trying to look it's right there when you move towards it so how can you miss a snake hiding in there i have no idea, unless the snake was completely down the hole at the time she went in
Comment icon #6 Posted by Unfortunately on 26 January, 2019, 12:07
My immediate thought was this has to have been here in Australia. Lol. Very frightening experience I'm sure, for both the lady and the snake.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DebDandelion on 26 January, 2019, 16:43
Yep. Count me 
Comment icon #8 Posted by UFOwatcher on 26 January, 2019, 19:41
Protect your most favorite parts and always look before sitting.


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