According to a report on IOL, a snake catcher by the name of Barry Greenshield was called to a flat in Menlyn to capture or kill a huge snake found in the toilet.

Mr Greenshield gave some advice to home owners as he was doing the job he knows how to do best;

“It was a close battle. I’m not the tallest guy. I’m 1.57m and I had that snake out and it was my length.”
“The homeowners told me they were going to do their business when they saw the snake.

They just closed the toilet lid and thought it would go away. “But when they woke up that morning, shucks, it was still inside the toilet.”

But after a minute-long “tug-of-war” with the reptile, it slinked back into the toilet. For Greenshield, it was his first escapee of the season. “You win some, you lose some,” he says.

“It was a close battle. I’m not the tallest guy. I’m 1.57m and I had that snake out and it was my length. They are known to exceed 2.5m.”

He spent five hours disconnecting plumbing pipes and rummaging around in toilets in the block of flats. But Greenshield believes the snake has probably escaped to the natural environs around Struben Dam behind the apartment complex. That’s probably where it came from.

“Looking at the way the pipe was run, the way it exited and the drop, it was very near to the manhole.

“I think it’s gone back to where it came from. Keep your toilet lid closed. To the snake, it will look like a burrow and it won’t push to get out,” he adds.