Shocking pet news, snake enters Bronx home through toilet

From the Wall Street Journal:

Answering nature’s call turned into a wild encounter for a Bronx man when he discovered a 3-foot yellow-and-white snake with bright red eyes perched on his toilet seat, authorities said Tuesday. The man called 911 immediately reporting a “huge snake” in his bathroom late Monday night. Emergency services unit officers corralled the reptile and turned it over to the city’s Animal Care and Control center in Harlem. It was to be evaluated there before making a trip to a snake sanctuary somewhere in the area, officials said. While the incident evoked urban myths of reptiles slithering out of city toilets-not to mention alligators in sewers-it remains unclear how the nonvenomous corn snake made its way into the 19th-floor apartment in Soundview. The breed is native to Florida and other Southeastern states; such snakes are popular as pets because of their docile nature.

One possibility is that it crawled up plumbing pipes and out of the toilet, a proposition that is unlikely and scary but “within the realm of possibility,” according Jack Conrad, a herpetologist.

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