Rattlesnake in Toilet

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

We as humans are prone to many things, even fear itself. When we think of our fears everyone is different. But can you imagine the horror of finding a snake in a toilet?

Do rattlesnakes end up in toilets? Several snakes, including rattlesnakes, can climb into a toilet from the outside or up through the pipes. If you have a pet snake, this possibility is even more likely because snakes are more than capable of escaping their enclosures if they are not well secured.

You may think that this unholy occurrence only happens in Hollywood horror movies, but unfortunately, this can become a reality, and rather easily. If you find yourself in this horrifying predicament, you need not worry because I have done research on the matter and rest assured I am here to answer all the questions you may have.

How Do Snakes Get in a Toilet?

Though the chances of such a thing happening are low, there are actually many ways a snake can get into your toilet. First, snakes are expert climbers and are able to climb up the side of a toilet from the outside and drop in. If you have a pet snake or live on a ground floor in a densely populated snake area, there is a probability that this could happen.

It is also possible for snakes to enter your toilet bowl via the pipe and sewer systems beneath your home. The snake’s main food preference is rats and mice. Where do these rodents popularly dwell you may wonder? The sewers.

Naturally, if a snake is on the hunt, they will follow and stalk their prey, even to the extent of following them into the under your home pipes and, yes, even into your toilet plumbing pipes all the way up into your very toilet.

Other reasons you may find this surprise in your toilet bowl is perhaps the snake was scared, trying to obtain water, or even looking for a cool, wet place to stay.

How Do I Get a Rattlesnake Out of My Toilet?

Before making any hasty decisions out of fear, the first steps you should take before considering anything else is to put the toilet lid down and call animal control.

Rattlesnakes, among others, are dangerous and any situation you find yourself in involved with one should be treated with added precaution.

If you are in an area or situation where animal control is not available, call your local emergency department. It is not recommended that you try to remove the snake yourself, especially if it is venomous.

What Not to Do if You Find a Snake in Your Toilet

Do not flush your toilet! Flushing your toilet will only get the snake caught in your pipes and this will cause even more problems. Do not put your hands in the toilet to extract the snake!

It is likely that the snake in your toilet is equally as horrified as you who found it there. If you reach your hands in to extract the snake it is likely that it will strike you. Also, snakes are long noodles of pure muscle and will not be desirous to move easily.

How to Prevent Snakes from Getting in My Toilet 

It is impossible to prevent what gets into your plumbing because your personal plumbing is interconnected with others’ over miles of different pipes and sewers. What you can do is take caution with these simple steps:

  1. Close the lid of your toilet after you use it.                                                 As previously stated snakes are expert climbers and can easily get into your toilet if you leave your toilet lid open.
  2. Confine pet snakes.                                                                                               If you have a pet snake, it would be wise to confine it to a cage, terrarium, or room where they cannot escape and therefore find their way into your bathroom and toilet. 
  3. Close the door.                                                                                                        Another reason you may find a snake in your toilet is because the bathroom door was left open. If open the pet or wild snake can simply slither into your bathroom and into your toilet. Be sure to close the bathroom door after you use it.
  4. Invest in a toilet lock.                                                                                           If you live in a highly populated snake area, it may be worth your while to spend a few extra dollars on a toilet lock. Toilet locks are mainly used for toddlers but can do the job well with snakes also. Though it may seem silly, some snakes use their powerful muscles and constrictors to lift the lid and get comfortable in your toilet bowl. 

How Do You Keep Snakes Away from Your House?

There are many ways to prevent and keep snakes from getting into your homes. It is always smart to do a routine inspection of your home. Things you may want to look for other than the snakes themselves are ways snakes may enter your home such as cracks in your home’s foundation. 

Other than checking your home, you will want to check your yard(s) and lawn for snakes. It is important to always keep your lawn’s grass trimmed so that you may see any endangerment to you, your home, or your family.

Sometimes, depending on the area that your home is in, it may be recommended that you screen off your patios and/or specific parts of your lawn to prevent snakes from entering.

Something else to note is that if you have any woodpiles or the like in your yard be aware that snakes like those types of areas because they are the perfect environment for them to live in.

It is also recommended that before you move into a home to do your research on the area your home is in so that you may know about the local animals and endangerment.

What Happens if I Get Bit by a Rattlesnake?

Whether you tried to remove the snake on your own or simply did not see the snake in your toilet when you went to relieve yourself, you may find you have been made the victim of a snakebite.

If it is a venomous snake that has bitten you, like a rattlesnake, immediately call 9-1-1 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room. As you wait to receive assistance be sure you do not do any of the following.

DO NOT: 

  • Use ice to cool the bite.
  • Cut open the bite in order to try to suck out the venom.
  • Use a tourniquet.
  • Drink alchohol.
  • Try to catch the snake.

Doing any of these things will result in further injury to yourself.  Instead, check yourself for symptoms of poison. If the bitten area starts to swell and/or change color, the snake you were bitten by was most likely poisonous.

Do not restrict your blood flow by any means. As you wait for assistance, do your best not move the affected area.

Disclaimer: Though this occurrence does happen, it does not happen often, especially if the proper precautions are taken to avoid such happenings, but it is very good to be prepared if it happens.

Related Questions

Can a snake get into a septic tank? Unfortunately, snakes can get into a septic tank. This is achieved through the snake slithering and crawling through the plumbing and finding itself in your septic tank.

What attracts snakes to a house? As stated before, if you have woodpiles, those attract snakes due to the perfect living environment for them. Also, if you keep your lawn watered and well irrigated this attracts all sorts of reptiles, birds, etc. which is the perfect food for a snake and will, therefore, attract snakes as well.

Do snakes come out at night? Just like us humans, most snakes like to turn in during the evenings and night. Snakes mostly are active during the early morning in the warmer months (Spring and Summer). Snakes come out during this time because it is the perfect temperature for them.

Paige D'Amboise

My name is Paige D'Amboise. I am from the beautiful state of Maine and am Brigham Young University-Idaho. I am nineteen years old and love pasta.

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