Can a Snake Come Up Through the Toilet?

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Subject: snakes in pipes

This absolutely terrifies me. My hubby is getting re-stationed at Norfolk. I am terrified of snakes and we are moving. I am a pacific northwest girl and never had to deal with poisonous snakes. They are non-existent in Western Washington. Is there a way to make sure this doesn't happen. We have a small child learning to potty train (which this would not be ideal to have happen too). I have heard stories of snakes being in the basements and pipes.


Subject: 4.5 foot rat snake in the toilet

A couple of years ago, I spotted a large snake in my toilet bowl twice. I was not able to catch it, as I only actually saw the coil and not the head or tail. When we tried to remove it, it went back down the drain.

Last evening I found a 4.5 foot rat snake coiled up on the top of the toilet tank in the guest bathroom. It could only have come in through the toilet as we have had all openings filled with foam to keep out mice, etc. A friend removed it for me, but I am still VERY anxious. I am a widow and live alone. I live in a rural part of Texas and have a septic system. How can I prevent this from happening again?


Subject: snakes need showers too

Hopped in the shower before work and was washing my hair, glanced down to see something unusual in the drain. Eyes focused a bit more to see that about 4 inches of a water snakes head and body were looking back at me. Caught me off guard a bit. He went back down the drain and i proceeded to give him a dose of scalding hot water and bleach just to boot. Hoping he doesnt feel the need to return. I believe he was to big to fit any further between the small hair catch holes in the drain. Pretty creepy sight though when you least expect it

S. Rena Woods

Subject: Snakes & drains

Is it possible for a snake to crawl thru the pipes leading to the kitchen? I could've sworn there was a garter snake head that was stuck in my strainer. I tried to pull it out to be certain, but it looked mutilated from trying to force it's way and fell back into the drain. Hoping my eyes were playing tricks on me.

Allan frazer

Subject: Snake in toilet

About 10pm on Australia Day I went to the rear toilet in the house (2nd one in bathroom) I lifted the lid and saw a small brown snake with a lighter coloured head swimming in the bowl. The snake appeared to be about 7-8 inches long. I immediately flushed toilet.

Martha Bell

Subject: rat in toilet

Last night (January 15, 2016) as I was getting ready for bed,I I lifted the toilet seat and found a rat!! I called my husband, and he came into the bathroom and I got out and shut the door. Our old tomcat was in there with my husband, so hubby showed the rat to the cat, and the cat jumped in, got the rat and killed it. He wouldn't let go of it, so we let him go outside with it. Don't know if he ate it, but he probably did, at least partly. He has caught mice, rats, and birds many times, and he knew exactly how to kill it with one quick bite.



I live in Queensland Australia and snakes in toilets are not particularly uncommon. I have been capturing and removing snakes from peoples' houses for a couple of years and today got my first 'toilet' snake, a 1.5m Coastal Carpet Python. Fortunately it didn't bite when I plunged my hand into the toilet to grab its body and pull it out. It did however try to back into the S bend but I managed to gently pull it out after ensuring I had hold of both its body and head.

Michelle christenberry

Subject: toilet monsters

I myself always thought it was an urban legend about potty monsters.I was just watching a scary movie about snakes and they became killers and one was in the mans potty and it bit him on his nutty buddy n of course he died and I had to go potty but was too scared so I went in the tub,,seriously I was scared that bad,,so I figured I would ask jus to see what someone would say about this content..Thank you for all your input I will get a potty guard because I just can't go in my tub forever,,lol. Have a blessed day

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1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.