Woman gets a shock from slithery visitor

2013-06-11 00:00

A PARK Rynie woman going to answer a call of nature found that nature had come calling in the form of a poisonous stiletto snake.

The snake had tried to make its way into the house through a small gap between the bathroom wall and a pipe, but its tail became wedged and, with its body still inside the toilet, it could move no further.

Joclyn Easton said she was scared when she saw the snake.

“I don’t like snakes and I was scared. I called my husband and a neighbour who works at Crocworld,” she said.

Crocworld snake expert Martin Rodrigues said it took his team about 40 minutes to free the snake. “Snakes can move through very small openings by flattening their bodies. Due to the fact that the stiletto snake is venomous, we had to take extra care,” he said.

The snake’s head was carefully manoeuvred into a clear plastic tube before he was able to handle the reptile.

Rodrigues said a small section of tile was chipped away and the snake was freed.

“We are not sure how long the snake was stuck there for and we are currently keeping him for observation as there could be permanent damage to the vertebrae, muscle and tissue in the tail region,” he said.

Once an assessment has been made, a decision will be taken on whether the snake can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

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