You are in the small room, answering the call of nature. Briefs below the knees, you are humming your favourite ballad at the relief. Every now and then, you throw glances at the ceiling overhead.
Suddenly, the ceiling breaks and out dangles a three-meter long python, tongue flicking, looking for prey. What to do? You pray. For you may be prey.
It was the terrifying reality that hit a man in Thailand recently. Nop Powin, 35, was in a restaurant named Phitsanulok when the horror unfolded. But he managed to collect himself- and his briefs- flipping out his phone camera and recording the horror for four minutes.
He then went to another room to finish his business. Upon return, the snake had slithered away. ”I need the local snake catchers to come and find it, but nobody has been found yet. I’m scared the snake could come back and attack me.”
Why thousands of snakes pop up in Thailand’s toilets
Pythons are some of the world’s deadliest snakes. They kill prey by suffocation.
Bangkok was founded on the banks of Chao Phraya river which provides fertile breeding grounds for snakes.
The serpent hides in the toilet to cosy up and protect itself from the scorching Thailand sun.
Thailand’s ineffective waste management system has lead to the mass migration of snakes towards urban areas- the perfect dinner for a hungry serpent.
Bangkok’s Fire Department on November 27th 2017 received 31,801 calls from residents asking for snake removal in their houses. These strange events resulted in horrific encounters after a man opened wide jaws of a python fearing the loss of his manhood before passing out and being admitted yo hospital.
Residents of Bangkok have learnt to think twice before they flush the toilet.