Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Snake in the bowl!

“.. I arrived to see a large python head peering out of the toilet bowl."

Australia's wild north is known for its weird and wonderful tales.

This story comes courtesy of police in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory:

A seven foot carpet python was removed from a septic tank after it was found peering out of a toilet bowl this morning.

Parks and Wildlife Service wildlife officer Peter Phillips said he was called to the residence in Howard Springs (an outer suburb of Darwin) after a plumber fixing a blocked toilet found the python.

“The Howard Springs resident originally called a plumber because her toilet was blocked,” Mr Phillips said.

“I arrived to see a large python head peering out of the toilet bowl.

“The python was so long, the body was curled around the s-bend and we had to retrieve it from the septic tank, where we could remove it.

Mr Phillips said the largely nocturnal Carpet Python was probably temporarily living in the septic tank because it was a good place to wait for frogs or hide during the day and then emerge at night to go and look for other food.

“The tank was obviously a great home, because the snake was so fat and healthy it was it difficult to retrieve,” he said.

“We retrieved the snake without incident and it will be released tonight.

Mr Phillips said the Parks and Wildlife snake call out number would be operating as usual over the festive season.

“Someone will be on duty twenty four hours a day seven days a week,” he said.

“We advise that members of the public not to try and catch or kill snakes, this is how most people end up getting bitten.

“Even though most snake species around Darwin and rural areas are not poisonous, some such as King Browns and Western Browns are among the top 10 most deadly snakes in the world.

“A Parks and Wildlife Officer or a permitted volunteer will come and remove your snake if someone can keep an eye on it until we arrive.

“We will endeavour to catch the snake when we arrive, but cannot search for snakes that have gone.”

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