LUKE Harcla was attending to nature's call when nature itself came too close for comfort.
The Springfield hairdresser was startled last Monday when he discovered a two-metre long diamond python in the toilet of his East Ipswich home.
"When I first saw it I freaked," Mr Harcla said.
"I tapped the side of the toilet and it didn't move, so I got my big, long pair of tongs and gave it a bit of a poke.
"I thought it was dead, so I flushed it - it took a few goes - and it disappeared."
But just when Mr Harcla was game enough to sit back down, the roving reptile returned to the bowl two days later.
"My partner came home to find the snake back and it was alive," he said. "Let's just say there were a few expletives."
Although diamond pythons are non-venomous, they can inflict a painful bite.
In some cases, their teeth have been known break off and remain implanted in the victim.
Snake Advice and Relocation came to the rescue, retrieving the slippery serpent from the loo.
But snake catcher Bryan Robinson said toilet encounters were not uncommon. The Ipswich and western Brisbane business relocates at least one snake from toilet a month.
"They come up through the outside drain and through the S-bend of the toilet in search for frogs," he said.
"I've come across a few eastern browns in toilets over the years, but most commonly it's the common tree snake you'll find that will make their way into toilets and occasionally pythons.
"The best way to avoid this is to take of the lid off the drain, place a piece of shade cloth over it and pop the lid back on."
- Twenty-seven species of snakes are found in the Ipswich area.
- 95% of snake bites occur when people try to catch or kill snakes.
- A snake will not make a deliberate motion towards you unless provoked.
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