Snake number two found hiding in family's loo

Checking to see if another brown snake rears its head out of his toilet is Dave Byrne, who has found two brown snakes in his toilet this year.
Checking to see if another brown snake rears its head out of his toilet is Dave Byrne, who has found two brown snakes in his toilet this year. Chris Honnery

IMAGINE needing to go to the toilet and seeing one of the world's most deadliest snakes rear its venomous head as you lift up the toilet lid.

Now imagine it happening twice in less than a year.

Chinchilla resident Dave Byrne's toilet bowl has been a popular spot for Eastern Brown snakes to reside, much to the frustration and discomfort of the Byrne family.

The biggest concern for Mr Byrne is he's had no response from his real estate, the land owner, and "little help" from the Western Downs Regional Council.

Mayor Ray Brown said on receiving Mr Byrne's request to inspect the property, two operators had been sent to inspect a manhole located at the site and found it to be in good order and sealed correctly.

Cr Brown said residents can lodge a report with the council as they have a regulatory role regarding overgrown or messy properties.

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A brown snake like this was found in a toilet for the second time in less than a year.
A brown snake like this was found in a toilet for the second time in less than a year.


"However, the maintenance of private properties is the legal responsibility of the land owner and not the council," Cr Brown said.

A local plumber was also called in to investigate how the world's second most venomous snake has managed to make its way into the Byrne household's toilet twice this year.

Mr Byrne said the plumber had found no access points for the snakes to enter, and past experience told him the snakes would be entering through the sewer line.

Mr Byrne said he doesn't feel safe living in his own home anymore after coming face to face with the snake last month.

He "back flipped out of the bathroom" after finding himself face to face with the two-metre-long yellow belly brown snake, rising from his toilet bowl.

"All I want is somebody to take responsibility and clean these blocks (of land) up," Mr Byrne said.

"My kids and I are living in fear, 24/7 in our own home."

Council maintains the sewer network infrastructure up to the jump-up.

From that point on, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain their infrastructure.

Any blockage outside the council's infrastructure will be cleared after approval has been sort from the owner of the property.

Call 000 if bitten by a snake, or call the council in non-emergency situations.

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