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Girl finds boa constrictor in toilet

The Local · 28 Mar 2011, 14:25

Published: 28 Mar 2011 14:25 GMT+02:00

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The girl discovered the snake in the toilet bowl when she lifted the lid on Saturday evening at her family’s apartment in the Linden-Süd district, spokesman Holger Hilgenberg said in a statement.

She informed her 39-year-old mother, who called police immediately, they said.

Officers photographed the reptile and consulted with animal rescue services at the fire department.

“But before the animal could be retrieved, it disappeared into the drain pipe, and a ‘search’ was fruitless,” Hilgenberg said.

According to the local veterinary school the snake was a boa constrictor, a non-venomous genus that poses no danger to humans.

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“The reptile probably escaped from a terrarium.” Hilgenberg said, adding that the owner was still unknown.

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15:10 March 28, 2011 by freechoice
i was thinking this would happen in my toilet someday, with the snake biting my ass. now it really happens in someone else's toilet! how did this tropical creature ended up in temperate climate here?
15:20 March 28, 2011 by Frenemy
Because it was most likely someone's pet. As the article says, "the reptile probably escaped from a terrarium."
15:37 March 28, 2011 by tallady
That would give a person quite a fright,,I have heard of rats entering the home that way.

Years ago you could buy baby alligators in Florida and people would bring them home most likely because the children wanted them, As soon as possible the parents would flush them down the toilet. There were many stories of large alligators living on rates in the NYC sewers.I never knew if this was talk or real.
15:45 March 28, 2011 by Tarheel Blue
Let me get this . . . Everyone stands around consulting, even snap a picture, and the snake slithers back into the sewage system to terrify another Hannover resident. You've got to be kidding me! You've just created a scenario for lots of constipated folks. If I lived in Hannover, I would not be sitting my behind on a toilet until that thing is found. Only in Germany would that be be a story. In the most countries, the headline would have read, boa meets demise in toilet. You're now free to take a crap!
17:04 March 28, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
SNAKES!!! I am sick and tired of the **** snakes on ***** planes!!!!!!
17:04 March 28, 2011 by tallady
Tarheel Blue,,thats a good point ,"Toilet phobia" and mass exodus from Hannover.
17:14 March 28, 2011 by Chicago1996
@Tarheel Blue: Would you have stuck your hand in there to get it out? ... Me neither... I guess animal control didn't have a chance to arrive on the scene fast enough. They at least would have had the correct equipment to deal with this sort of thing safely - hopefully...
17:21 March 28, 2011 by roboni
TarIheel you are so right. I mean the police could not come up with anything to get the snake out of the toilet? And Chicago 1996 if the police were just standing there looking at the snake doing nothing my husband would have done something to get the snake out of the toilet himself cursing under his breath at the scary cats in green. Anyway he knows that if he didn't get the snake we would have to move from the apartment which is impossible because we are owners. I mean I would not be able to sit on the toilet. Impossible!!!
17:29 March 28, 2011 by Chicago1996
I think your husband's efforts would have been futile. They are quick and skittish little suckers.
18:51 March 28, 2011 by lecturenotes2009
so, never say: "leck doch mein ars*h".. LOL...
19:10 March 28, 2011 by Landmine
watch your butts.....
20:34 March 28, 2011 by Johnne
Typical German Police...they´re better in catching "illegal" immigrants :-D
21:27 March 28, 2011 by mhdamro
@freechoice ... i swear i have the thoughts ... but not biting my ass , biting my balls ... ....
12:11 March 29, 2011 by raandy
Not only quick and skittish they are slippery. No more late night visits to the toilet. Time to by a portable poti.
23:54 April 2, 2011 by FN Cee
Time to keep and use/do a pre-use bleach flush ... or use some chlorine or acid-wash used for cleaning pools ...
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