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Nagasaki man lifts his apartment toilet lid to find terrifying surprise inside

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By Dale Roll, SoraNews24

What would you do if you opened up your toilet lid to reveal a snake coiled up in your toilet bowl? At the very least, shut the lid and decide to do your business elsewhere, probably.

That’s what one man did after finding a 1.6-meter-long snake in his toilet on October 2. At around 4 p.m., the 40-year-old man, who resides in a second-floor apartment in the town of Sasa in the southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki, lifted the lid of his toilet, found the snake, and promptly shut it again. Needless to say, it was not his snake.

“I was so surprised I didn’t need to go anymore,” the man said.

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The next day, a specialist from the local Environmental Hygiene Control Office arrived to remove the snake from the man’s toilet. Apparently, it was a rainbow boa, a non-venomous snake native to South America, and weighed 1.9 kilograms.

Officials at the Emukae Prefectural Police Station, who were also notified, speculated that it may have been someone’s pet that escaped through the plumbing. Rainbow boas are sold regularly in pet stores and do not require any particular licensing to own in Japan, so tracking down the owner could have been a problem.

Luckily, the police didn’t have to look far. By October 5 they had found the owner, a man who lived in the apartment directly below the victim’s. He confessed that he lost the snake when he placed it in the bathtub while cleaning its cage at the end of September. It managed to escape the tub and wedge itself into a small space between the toilet tank and the wall, where the owner could not remove it, and though he tried to keep an eye on it, the snake had managed to disappear by October 1.

Presumably, the snake managed to enter the plumbing and climb up to the second floor by October 2, where it was then discovered by the owner’s hapless upstairs neighbor. On the morning of the 5th, the owner saw the news about the discovered snake and guessed it might be his, so he contacted the police station, who returned the snake to him.

“I’m sorry for causing so much trouble,” he said. “I’m going to make an effort to learn more about snakes now.”

Thankfully the snake is not dangerous, and no one was hurt beyond one man receiving what was quite possibly the biggest shock of his life. Still, there’s a lesson to be learned here for everybody: snake owners, keep an eye on your snake at all times if it’s out of its cage–they’re notoriously good at hiding and escaping.

And non-snake owners, always check your toilet bowl before you sit down. And for good measure, keep the lid closed, too.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun via livedoor news via My Game News Flash

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Lucky man! If it was a Cobra, an Australian Brown Snake or a Black Mamba,

it would have bitten him and, he would not have been able to dress himself in time to go to the hospital before he died. And even if someone in the apartment was there to help him get to the hospital in time, the hospital may not have any anti-venom to save him. Dangerous pets should never be allowed in any country in the world.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

The owner should have called when he was unable to dislodge it, obviously he knows nothing about snakes and there tendency to be free and crawl around.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

That must've been awfully difficult to pass.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I swear there's a superstition or urban legend about snakes in the toilet.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The next day! Why would it take so long for someone come to remove the snake?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Snakes on a drain. The drain snake.

If that doesn't make my daughter in law to put the lid down, I don't know what will.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

3 days to solve this case?? the very first thought would be the apartment above or below.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I always keep an eye on my big snake

5 ( +8 / -3 )

I remember a story from Thailand a few years ago about a man who sat down on his toilet without looking and was bitten on the crotch by a snake in the bowl. A specialist was brought in to remove the snake from the guy’s groin. Japanese guy was lucky it wasn’t a dangerous snake but that would still scare me.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Phew. Only a snake.

From the headline I figured someone blew it up and forgot to flush.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

As soon as read the headline I guessed what it was. Such cases are not unusual and pop up from time to time.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I often have snakes in my garden. Once or twice in my house. I’ve been bitten twice. Each time two weeks in bed. I wouldn’t like to bitten in the dangly part in my toilet.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

“I was so surprised I didn’t need to go anymore,” the man said.

There could have been an entirely different reaction, indeed an opposite one, from some people.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I am surprised that Japan allows such animals to be imported. I guess it is ok because the middle men are probably Japanese importers, so maybe it is a combination of brown envelopes and ignorance.

In places like Florida, the local government has put a $100 bounty on these types of snakes because they are wrecking havoc on the local ecosystem.

People are buying these animals not realizing responsibilities involved then release them into the wild. They are killing and eating everything in the wild with no natural predators to stop them.

I also believe agents from unfriendly nations like China or paid by China sometimes purposely release such animals in the US to cause havoc on its ecosystem in hopes weakening it. It is no different than China and Russia being caught hacking the US government and private businesses.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

So he had to wait all evening and night until the next day for them to arrive.

Oh exuse me ...can i use your lavatory because there's a 1·6 meter snake in my toilet bowl.

I would have put something very heavy on the seat cover lid.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@Rodney

Thats aweful.

By the way snakes are repelled by cinnimonaic acid.

Cinnamon , cloves etc etc

Cinnamon essential oil etc

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Here in Florida, I personally had large FROGS come out of the toilet several times.

Twice we found them on the wall in the bathroom and once in the living room, before we found it.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I was so surprised I didn’t need to go anymore

That's even more disgusting.

The only surprises I've seen in the toilet pan is the sewers regurgitating, with horrible results.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My cat likes to hang out in the shower and lap up water here and there-he also does pest control

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Once in Nagasaki I found a snake in the toilet as well, a tiny one coming up from a window and that was easily convinced to go back outside with the help of a newspaper. That was stressing enough for the time I stayed in that room, can't imagine how would I react with a full grown one.

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@runner3

The next day! Why would it take so long for someone come to remove the snake?

Because the day he found it was a Sunday, so I guess they weren't working until the next day. Quite shocking and unacceptable if you ask me...

There's other stuff in this article that really annoy me:

It managed to escape the tub and wedge itself into a small space between the toilet tank and the wall, where the owner could not remove it, and though he tried to keep an eye on it, the snake had managed to disappear by October 1.

Why the heck doesn't this idiot INFORM the authorities immediately after ir disappeared, or even before when it was stuck and he couldn't remove it?! This guy is on the same level as those other parasites who leave the dead corpses of their parents in the house.

“I’m sorry for causing so much trouble,” he said. “I’m going to make an effort to learn more about snakes now.”

Double face palm....no, you should have learned more about snakes BEFORE you got one, you irresponsible FOOl!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Haven't even read a word after, but the title was great!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Drain lines have vent pipes through the roof to allow the water to flow out to the sewer. Critters can crawl down the vent pipes and come up through the commode. Surprise! We just had the roof vents on our home screened over so we don't have to worry about that problem. Snakes are another story however. We have had the occasional harmless Red Racer in our office but other offices have been visited by rattlesnakes. Lots of people keep various kinds of Boas as pets. Feeding them is revolting so it's not the pet for me but I have known lots of people who love them.

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Btw, what is with the faucet on top of the toilet tank? Is that also the sink?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

“I’m sorry for causing so much trouble,” he said. “I’m going to make an effort to learn more about snakes now.”

Considering the bar was already in the toilet, I suppose anything is an improvement.

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Btw, what is with the faucet on top of the toilet tank? Is that also the sin

That's a common toilet in Japan where the toilet is in a separate room from the bathroom. I think its a brilliant idea, no wasted water. The water from washing your hands goes into the tank. But you really need to check out the smart toilets in Japan.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Talk about clogging up the works! That could have caused some serious constipation had he sat down.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

“On the morning of the 5th, the owner saw the news about the discovered snake and guessed it might be his, so he contacted the police station, who returned the snake to him.”

Guessed it might be his?

That’d be some coincidence if it wasn’t, wouldn’t it?

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resumably, the snake managed to enter the plumbing and climb up to the second floor by October 2, where it was then discovered by the owner’s hapless upstairs neighbor. 

i would’ve been beyond pissed. Bats to the head.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

“I was so surprised I didn’t need to go anymore,” the man said.

There could have been an entirely different reaction, indeed an opposite one, from some people.

I'm wondering if it was just a polite way of saying, "... instead, I'll now need to clean my pants."

0 ( +0 / -0 )

In Japan, finding cockroaches ("gokiburi") in your home is more common, especially if in an older residence. Lifting the lid, and checking around it, is common sense, for avoiding an unfortunate sensual experience...

Suggest you think about it too...

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In Japan, finding cockroaches ("gokiburi") in your home is more common, especially if in an older residence. Lifting the lid, and checking around it, is common sense, for avoiding an unfortunate sensual experience...

Same in the southeastern US. Plus they fly. Some of them are big enough to have given that boa a good fight.

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