Leanne expert at descaling the sss- bend
A SNAKE wedged in a toilet in a North Queensland home became so attached to the location it refused to leave.
Licenced snake catcher Leanne Colthup was called to a Charters Towers home on Monday night where she found the 2m carpet python coiled in a toilet bowl. When she arrived to capture the snake, it wedged itself in the sbend and refused to let go.
Mrs Colthup tried again later that night but was foiled.
She finally had success yesterday morning after grabbing the python’s head and yanking it loose before it had a chance to get a grip on the toilet. It was later released into bushland.
Mrs Colthup said many snakes were adept swimmers. She said the snake removed yesterday was quite strong and frightened by humans.
“We think it came through the vent in the top of the toilet which is not covered in mesh – ( the home owners) are getting it covered today,” she said.
Mrs Colthup said the snake was likely attracted to frogs and rodents in the area. She said the elderly resident of the Southern Cross home was worried after finding the snake.
“They’ve been there for 20 years and it’s the first time there’s been a snake in the home,” she said. “Fortunately they had two toilets.”
The ecologist, who teaches at All Souls St Gabriels School, said residents should remain calm if a snake slithered into their home. “Block off the exits and call a snake catcher. Keep an eye on it as it makes it easier to catch,” she said.
FLUSHED WITH SUCCESS SUCCESS: S Snakek catcher Leanne Colthup withith the 2m carpet python found in the toilet of a Charters Towers home.