by Reegan Von Wildenradt Jan 5, 2018
Last November, the New York Times reported that snakes were taking over homes in Bangkok, Thailand. According to National Geographic, snakes have also appeared in toilets in Australia, South Africa, and even here in the U.S. (sorry guys).
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As for how the snakes get into said toilets, an ecology and evolutionary biology professor at UCLA told Nat Geo they probably slither in the top, not through the pipes. Either way, people are discovering snakes in their toilets, and it’s unbelievably horrifying.
To bring this nightmare to life for you, we’ve put together a list of 5 terrifying toilet snakes. Best of luck with future trips to the bathroom.
TEXAS BOY FINDS RATTLESNAKE IN TOILET.
A young Texas boy got up one morning to go to the bathroom, noticed a little slithering head in the toilet, and ran out to call his mom. It turned out to be a rattlesnake, but the snake apparently forgot to mention to the boy that he’d invited a few friends over. Authorities discovered a total of 24 snakes hanging out in their home.
GIRL FINDS SNAKE IN TOILET IN SEATTLE.
Think snakes don’t slink around cold, rainy places like Seattle? Sorry. A little girl discovered a snake in the toilet of her family’s Seattle-area home—turns out, it was a pet ball python that escaped. Conclusion: Nowhere is safe.
TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA HAS TWO SNAKE TOILETS IN THE SPAN OF TWO WEEKS.
According to CNN, an Australian snake catcher was called twice in two weeks to fetch massive snakes out of people’s toilets.
“The first snake was 3 meters long (9.8 feet) and the second one was 2.4 meters (7.8 feet),” the snake catcher, Elliot Budd, told the outlet.
8-FOOT-COBRA PULLED FROM SOUTH AFRICA TOILET.
This headline says it all: “‘Agitated’ venomous cobra pulled from toilet.” In South Africa, a snake handler was called to remove an 8-foot-long cobra some somebody’s toilet. The snake reportedly fought back and made its way back into the sewers, and nobody figured out where it went.
HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SNAKES?
It is a common myth to say poisonous when it comes to snakes. However as explained in the above graphic– snakes are not poisonous, they are venomous. So to answer the question, how to tell if a snake is poisonous or not, we will have to re-state the question. How do you tell if a snake is venomous or not?
A snake that has heat-sensing pits is venomous. What are heat sensing pits? They are holes in the snakes’ faces that are called pit organs. These organs have a membrane that has heat sensitive receptors that can detect infrared radiation from warm bodies up to one meter away. (Just over 3′) As a result, these snakes can detect prey even in the dark. They are known the venomous snakes known as “PIT VIPERS.”
Triangular heads is another common trait in many venomous snakes. For example, the rattlesnake, copperhead, and water moccasin all have arrowhead-shaped faces. Also, if you are close enough to see—- PIT VIPERS also have pupils that are oblong, like a slit.
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There is one native snake in Florida that is venomous yet does not fit the above description because it is not a Viper. That is the CORAL snake. It is not a PIT VIPER as are the above, but rather is from a family of snakes called the ELAPIDS. For further info on the CORAL SNAKE please read this article.
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