Woman Opens Her Toilet to Find It Filled With Snakes

An Australian woman got a shock this week when she peered into her toilet cistern, only to find it full of wriggling snakes.

Sofie Pearson, from North Queensland, found her toilet hard to flush on Sunday. She opened up the cistern to investigate, finding four reptiles slithering around inside.

"I went to the toilet and then I went to flush it and I really had to push down on the button to get it to work, so I was a bit confused," Pearson said to 7 News.

Pearson lives on a remote cane farm in Cordelia, and said she tried to fix the flush problem herself. But she got a surprise when she found tree snakes ranging from 1.5 feet to more than 3 feet all coiled around her plumbing.

"I sort of looked at them for a second and thought... that's not right," said the 25-year-old.

Pearson managed to capture the scene on her phone, before calling a friend to help remove the slender creatures, which are fortunately non-venomous.

"He came and wrangled them out for me, because I was not touching them," she said. Pearson's friend released the snakes back into a nearby cane field.

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Illustrative photo of an Australian tree snake being held in Sydney. A Queensland woman found four tree snakes coiled in her toilet this week. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN/Getty Images

Pearson is not the only one who has had snakes invade her home recently. Sally Gray and Graham Woods live on a rural homestead in the eastern Australian state of Queensland and keep coming across highly toxic death adders in their home.

The pair, who are both conservationists, find one or two of the reptiles per week in peculiar places, including their laundry basket, kitchen and dining room. "They turn up as we've got our back turned in the evening, while we're cooking dinner," Gray said to ABC News.

Australia has a large reptile population, including around 170 different types of snakes. Around 100 of these are venomous, and the most deadly among them are the eastern and western brown snakes, which are responsible for more deaths in Australia per year than any other. Other ones to watch out for are mainland tiger snakes, identifiable by their stripy skin, as well as the taipan, the mulga, the small eye, and red-bellied black snakes. Death adders, the same species Gray and Graham Woods encounter on a weekly basis, are also up there on the list.

Despite its high number of venomous snakes, deaths from snake bites are relatively low Down Under, thanks to anti-venom being readily available. There are roughly four to six fatalities in the nation per year due to snake bites.