News

What would you do if you found a snake in the loo?

The Cordery family discovered this snake coming out of the toilet at their family home.
The Cordery family discovered this snake coming out of the toilet at their family home. Contributed

UPDATE 2pm: IT'S not uncommon to find snakes slithering through drains but it is rare to find one emerging from the toilet, according to Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers reptile coordinator Rowan Wigmore.

Mr Wigmore was called to a Goonellabah home on Tuesday morning to reports of a snake in a toilet.

He said it was the first report of that kind he had ever received.

Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers reptile coordinator, Rowan Wigmore, said while it was rare for a snake to crawl through pipes and into the toilet, certain snakes were prone to travelling through drains.
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers reptile coordinator, Rowan Wigmore, said while it was rare for a snake to crawl through pipes and into the toilet, certain snakes were prone to travelling through drains. Contributed

"It was the first time I had a green tree snake - or any snake - coming out of the toilet," Mr Wigmore said.

"I've had a couple of pythons removed from toilets but they have generally come through windows.

"It's not uncommon for green tree snakes to go through drains, following frogs, though."

Mr Wigmore said the homeowner's bathroom, which was on the second storey of the house, was very well sealed and the only other way the snake could have got there was by travelling from another room and climbing into the toilet bowl.

He advised the public not to start panicking, however, about encountering a snake during their next toilet visit.

"It's extremely rare," he said.

"People don't need to be frightened that every time they sit down on the toilet a snake will pop up."

Mr Wigmore said even it did happen "you wouldn't see a red-bellied black or brown snake (or any venomous snake) doing it".

 

THURSDAY 12.10pm: FINDING a snake slithering out of your toilet is something nightmares are made of - and yet it is entirely possible, as one Goonellabah family found out.

Barry Cordery had just finished his shower on Tuesday morning when he saw a 1.2m long snake emerging from the toilet bowl.

He immediately called out to his wife, Joyce, to come and see.

"I had a look and screamed rather loudly," Mrs Cordery said.

"It was quite scary because it came out through the pipes and out of the toilet.

"It caused a bit of excitement at the time."

They immediately called Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers to have it removed.

"They said it was a green tree snake," Mrs Cordery said.

"(The snake handler) said it probably followed a frog into the pipes."

Mrs Cordery said she saw snakes around their house from time-to-time, but had never seen one in the house before.

Topics:  goonellabah pipes snake toilet


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Good cop, bye cop: Sgt Wiltshire calls it a day with Miles

Miles Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Ben Wiltshire is moving on after more than six years.

In a period of change, Sgt Ben Wiltshire has witnessed a lot.

Daylight saving: 'Draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rocky'

Sunset in maryborough, Queensland. - User Contributed

Just draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rockhampton

Dedicated Dulcie is our Citizen of the Year

Dulcie Graham is Western Downs Regional Council's 2017 Citizen of the Year for the Chinchilla district.

Devoted volunteer Dulcie Graham wins Citizen of the Year.

Local Partners

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

Nicole Kidman squirms through questions on Keith

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

'God, you guys are personal ... that’s for him to talk about'

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!