Girgarre resident Marlene Balchin had a snake land on her shoulder while she was sitting on the toilet.January 15, 2014 4:56am
The tiger snake managed to climb up and hide unseen behind the toilet cistern after getting into the toilet through a partially open window.
The toilet is the last place anyone would want to be disturbed, but imagine being interrupted by a snake.
That is exactly what happened to Girgarre resident Marlene Balchin last week when a tiger snake landed on her while she was sitting on the toilet about 10.30
‘‘I was in the toilet and heard a noise and next moment this snake landed on my shoulder,’’ she said.
‘‘It fell on my right shoulder and then landed on the floor down by my left side.
‘‘It was a tiger snake, about three feet long, and luckily my toilet door is on the right hand side and I just got out quickly and ran next door to get help.
‘‘I didn’t have time to be scared.’’
In shock, Ms Balchin raced to the home of neighbours Les Annett and Kate Gilchrist.
The pair were understandably surprised to hear of Ms Balchin’s predicament.
‘‘We went round and I managed to pin it down, shut the door and wedge a mat underneath so it couldn’t get out,’’ Mr Annett said.
Ms Balchin phoned 000, but said police in Melbourne did not have any phone numbers for snake catchers in the area.
‘‘Another friend came round, but when we went back to the toilet, we couldn’t find it,’’ she said.
‘‘The toilet window was just open a little bit, so it must have climbed up the creeper on the outside wall and come in through there.
‘‘We looked in every room just in case, but really there was no way it could have got into the rest of the house and we figured it must have climbed back up and out the window.’’
With the possibility of a tiger snake hiding somewhere in her home, Ms Balchin was understandably nervous.
She said she kept checking the toilet to try and find the slithery creature.
Her cistern sits on a small shelf with a narrow gap between it and the wall and about 11.45
‘‘I ran back to Les and Kate and told them that it was still in the toilet,’ Ms Balchin said.
Using a wire coathanger, the trio managed to coax the snake out from its hiding spot.
‘‘I’ve seen snakes outside the house before, but who would ever expect to have one land on them while they’re sitting on the toilet,’’ Ms Balchin said.
‘‘I would advise anyone who has any plants growing up their walls, near windows, to shift them.’’
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