Toilets are often horrifying places. There are a lot of things you’d really rather not find in a toilet — and you know the kinds of things we’re talking about.
But for Cassie McFadden and her son, any of that would have been preferable to what they found hanging out in their commode: a rattlesnake.
The idea of snakes slithering up through the pipes sounds like an urban legend. However — and we apologize for the future nightmares this may bring — it really can happen. Snakes have a habit of ending up in places you might never expect, like in toilets and even in Christmas trees.
While it just might be startling if the snake is harmless, a venomous one like a rattlesnake can be deadly.
Luckily for Cassie and her son, they were able to get out of this situation unscathed. The snake was not so lucky: Cassie killed it with a shovel, but she also knew that where there’s one, there are often many more.
She called Big Country Snake Removal in Buffalo Gap, Texas, for some help. Owner Nathan Hawkins arrived on the scene and immediately wanted to look around to make sure nothing else was lurking in the shadows.
Nathan knows snakes, especially that they like to hang out in dark, removed places… such as the old storm cellar on the property. That’s the first place he looked.
It’s a good thing he did, because he found 13 more rattlesnakes, all coiled up in the corner. And that was only the beginning.
If this isn’t a reason to set your house on fire, we don’t know what is.
Luckily, Cassie McFadden, whose son found this unwelcome guest in the toilet, kept a cooler head.
She managed to dispatch the venomous rattlesnake with a shovel, but knew that the snake likely had friends. That’s when she called Nathan Hawkins from Big Country Snake Removal, who quickly checked out the house for other snakes.
“When I arrived, I immediately noticed a few problematic areas,” Nathan wrote on Facebook. “Intuition took me directly to a storm cellar, where I safely removed 13 adult rattlesnakes.”
The snakes were coiled on top of one another in the corner to stay warm.
One tried to make a break for it, but Nathan is an experienced snake catcher. He quickly snatched it up.
Snake removers don’t kill the snakes.
After all, these wild animals are part of the natural ecosystem and play an important role in keeping pest animal populations like mice down to manageable levels.
But though they’re important animals, you don’t want them in your house!
Nathan then crawled underneath Cassie’s house and found 10 more snakes.
Five of these snakes were still babies, which means that this snake family had likely been there for some time.
“24 snakes total (including the toilet snake), and the family had no idea,” Nathan wrote.
All of the snakes were bagged and humanely removed.
Nathan said in a Facebook post that rattlesnakes are very good at hiding and slipping around undetected thanks to their camouflage.
He urges families, especially those in warm climates, to be vigilant to avoid possibly dangerous encounters.
If you do see a snake, call professionals immediately and do not try to handle it yourself, for the sake of everyone’s safety — including the snake’s.
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