Snakes in a drain

Snakes are on the move in the region’s sewers, with the slippery suckers taking refuge in Ipswich drains after the recent rains.

Two pythons and three deadly Eastern Brown snakes have recently been removed from sewers in East Ipswich, Oxley, Fig Tree Pocket and Kenmore.

Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson Michelle Cull said the snakes were discovered during routine maintenance.

“After all the recent rain, we’ve seen a number of snakes slithering into the sewers over the past couple of weeks,” she said.

“Our crews aren’t skilled in snake wrangling, so we called in a snake catcher to safely remove and relocate the snakes.”

But there is no need to panic about snakes making a detour up an S-bend.

Eastern brown snakes being removed at East Ipswich.

Snake catcher Bryce Lockett said it’s uncommon for snakes to make their way from sewer pipes, through the S-bend and into people’s toilets.

“Snakes are more likely to enter your home through an open door or window, rather than through the sewer network,” he said.

“We receive about a call a fortnight to remove snakes from people’s toilets.”

Ms Cull said, although it was rare, snakes could enter the toilet via a home’s overflow relief gully (ORG), which is a grated outlet, usually located outside the laundry.

“It’s a good idea to check your ORG to make sure the grate is in place so snakes can’t enter,” she said.

“If you’re still worried about an unexpected visitor in your loo, perhaps it’s best to peek before you pee.”

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of finding a snake in your toilet bowl, residents are advised to close the toilet lid and contact a snake catcher.

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An Eastern Brown removed from the Oxley Creek Resource Recovery Centre.

A Carpet Python is removed at Fig Tree Pocket.

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