Leanne ex­pert at descal­ing the sss- bend

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

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.

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