BOY’S WEE SURPRISE
ONE Gold Coast boy will be turning on the light before going to the toilet in the dark from now on after being greeted by a surprise visitor on Sunday morning.
The Guanaba family got the fright their lives yesterday when one of their young children found a brown tree snake slithering in the toilet at their semi-rural property.
Coast snake catcher Tony Harrison said it only took him about five minutes to catch the “firey little snake” but he knew the residents wouldn’t forget the incident in a hurry.
“From what I gather one of their children lifted up the seat and noticed him there,” he said.
“He (the father) was freaking out. He was beside himself. He didn’t say anything but I could tell he was about to have a heart attack because of the kids being there.”
Mr Harrison said while brown tree snakes are only slightly venomous, they bite at “the drop of a hat”.
“Had someone sat down (on the seat) and he started chewing on them, it would have scared the life out of them,” he said.
The brown tree snake is a bird-eating, nocturnal climbing snake which is in its breeding season, Mr Harrison said.
He said the slippery little sucker could have been in the toilet looking for a mate.
While this particular visitor snuck into the house and hid under the seat, Mr Harrison said it was not unheard of for snakes to come up into toilets through pipes and cisterns.
“I’ve had that happen in highrise buildings,” Mr Harrison said. “Some species can come through the pipes. The semi-aquatic ones can be in the cistern and work their way up, but in my entire time snake catching I’ve only seen it about 10 times.”
But snakes slithering in windows and hiding under the lip of the toilet bowl? Unfortunately, that’s more common.
“I’ve caught a few in exactly the same spot,” Mr Harrison said. “Carpet pythons do it a lot and so do red belly black snakes because green tree frogs get in there (toilets) and they’re looking for them.”
But it’s not the strangest place he has found a snake.
“Let your imagination run wild,” he said.
“Think of immoral things, mention your darkest, deepest secrets and I can tell you about a snake associated with that. I’ve opened cupboards with sexual things, been to crops with illegal things and lifted beds and seen more of a 60year-old than I’ve wanted to. The things I’ve found, the places I’ve been … this must be Australia.”
The slippery intruder is removed from the toilet.