A reticulated python bit a 65-year-old man while he was sitting on the toilet at home in Austria.
According to reports, the unnamed man was using the bathroom toilet around 6 a.m. when he felt a “pinch in the area of his genitals.” When he turned around, he discovered a 5ft albino snake in the toilet bowl.
The reticulated python, an Asian constrictor that can grow to be nearly 30 feet (9 meters) long, is thought to have gotten into the toilet via the apartment building’s drain system in Graz, Austria.
“Shortly after he sat on the toilet, the Graz resident – by his own account – felt a ‘pinch’ in the area of his genitals,” the police said in a statement. Minor injuries necessitated hospitalization for the man.
The snake was removed from the toilet, cleaned, and returned to its owner by a reptile expert who was contacted by the emergency services.
According to the police, the 24-year-old neighbour, who owns 11 non-venomous constrictor snakes, has been reported to the prosecutors’ office on suspicion of causing bodily harm negligently.