Snakes in a Toilet

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Snakes in a Toilet
Photo: Elliot Budd via Facebook

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You’ve perhaps seen or heard of actor Samuel L. Jackson’s blockbuster movie Snakes on a Plane, but have you ever been called for a cleaning job that involved snakes in a toilet?

According to a CNN report, Elliot Budd, a snake catcher (yes, that’s his real job) in Queensland, Australia, recently received two calls to remove pythons that had slithered their way into homeowners' toilets.

“The first snake was 3 meters long (9.8 feet), and the second was 2.4 meters (7.8 feet),” Budd told CNN. “The first one I got, the house was being renovated, so it was a few tradesmen working that came across it. I was definitely a bit surprised it was in the toilet.”

The report states the snake had gripped the toilet’s S-bend, so Budd had to unbolt the toilet to remove the unwanted guest.

Two weeks later, Budd thought he was being pranked when another homeowner called with the same problem.

“At first, I thought maybe somebody was just having a joke after the first one,” Budd said. “I didn’t think I’d see two of them in the toilet. The lady very much wanted to get it out.

“I’m not a plumber, but it’s very unlikely for them to come up through the pipes,” he said.

When asked why he thought the reptiles had sought refuge in toilets, Budd said the region is in a dry spell, and he believes they are simply trying to find water, “and it’s mating season right now.”

As digital editor of Cleaner, I occasionally come across similar stories that make the headlines. But I want to ask you, the readers, what’s the wildest thing you’ve found in a drainline? I’d love to hear your stories. Please email me at

Or maybe you’ll enjoy these other stories about snakes we’ve covered in recent years:
"Video: Snake Nest Surprises CCTV Operator"
"Emergency Snake Service" 


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