Brisbane snake catcher’s tricky toilet removal


ROD Whitaker sees a lot of emotional customers in his job.

Mr Whitaker – from Snake Catchers Brisbane – removed a carpet python from the toilet of a home at The Gap this week, and said like most of his clients, the mother and daughter were very grateful.

“I deal with tears on a weekly basis,” he said.

“They weren’t quite at that point but they were extremely happy.”

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The snake had climbed up an external pipe to lodge itself in the vents of the toilet on the second floor.

“One of them opened the door to go to the toilet and there it was,” he said.

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media_cameraHow Rod Whitaker found this carpet python at The Gap this week.

Mr Whitaker said snakes are often found in toilets and bathrooms and are attracted to the smell of water.

“They do like the water in the toilet. That’s probably how most of these toilet snakes end up. They get in the house some other way and then they smell the water and they often end up in bathrooms or toilets as opposed to coming up the pipes like most people think they do,” he said.

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media_cameraThe carpet python asleep in a vent above a toilet at The Gap.

“But I doubt that’s what this guy was doing. I think he was just trying to get out of the rain. He climbed up, hooked himself over and felt safe there.”

While most snakes are skittish and flighty, Mr Whitaker said carpet pythons are slow and rely on staying still in the hope no-one will see them.

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media_cameraRod Whitaker from Snake Catchers Brisbane on another job.

“It nature that probably works, but when you’re perched on someone’s toilet window it doesn’t work so well,” he said.

“Carpet pythons don’t have eyelids so they never look asleep, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he was doing because he was still up until the point where I tried to get him out.”

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Mr Whitaker said snakes can also fill up a space if they don’t want to leave it, which was what this snake did at The Gap.

“They puff out their bodies, so to avoid the window being shattered, so it was a bit of tricky removal.”



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