A woman in Thailand swore to “check the toilet every time” after she was attacked by a six and a half meter long python on Sunday when she was sitting on the toilet.
Boonsong Plaikaew, 54, felt a searing pain on her buttocks and saw blood running down her legs while sitting on the toilet in her house in Samut Prakan, central Thailand.
As she looked with her hand to see what had caused the pain, the snake that had been hiding in the toilet bowl bit her finger, news.com.au reported.
Plaikaew ran out of the bathroom and screamed for help before her husband locked the door behind her.
He called animal rescuers, accompanied by paramedics, to the couple’s house, who gave Plaikaew first aid before taking her to the hospital. She was released later that day.
Pythons are not poisonous, but the doctors administered antibiotics to the woman because of the possible risk of infection from the bites she had suffered.
In a conversation from the hospital, Plaikaew said: “I did not see the snake hiding in the bowl, so I was just doing my stuff when I was attacked,” the Australian website news.com.au reported.
After the incident, animal rescuers caught the snake responsible for the attack and removed it from the house in a sack. The animal will later be released back into the wild.
“From now on, I will check the toilet every time before I sit down,” Boonsong said.
It is not clear what kind of snake Plaikaew was bitten by. But Thailand is the home of three python species: the reticulated python, the Burmese python and the Brongersma python.
The Reticulated Python is widely regarded as the largest snake in the world. According to the Australian Reptile Park, specimens with a length of more than 32 feet have been recorded. The massive snake, which is native to a large area of Southeast Asia and South Asia, is known to kill and even eat people.
Burmese pythons, on the other hand, are native to Southeast Asia and can grow up to 16 meters long, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The snake is a troublesome invasive species in Florida, where it has built up a population that could include more than 300,000 individuals.
The Brongersma’s Blood Python is significantly smaller than the previous two species and typically grows to about 5-6 feet in length. This python is found on the Malay Peninsula, the Indonesian island of Sumatra and other small nearby islands.
All pythons kill by constriction, a process in which the snakes crush their prey to death before swallowing it whole. Although these snakes are not poisonous, they have numerous backward curved teeth in their mouth, which help the snake to hold on to its prey until it is incapacitated.