A gray rat snake was found hiding in a restroom at an Alabama property, and the owners alerted the police.
The incident happened Friday in the town of Eufaula, located in the southeast of the state, near the border with Georgia.
These non-venomous snakes are native to North America and can be found in the eastern and central United States, as well as parts of Canada.
Ratsnakes live in a range of environments, including wooded areas, agricultural fields, and sometimes even neighborhoods or suburban structures near people, such as barns and sheds.
According to the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), adult gray rat snakes average between 3 and 5 feet long, but can reach up to 7 feet.
After spotting the snake, the owners alerted the Eufaula Police Department and officers were dispatched to the scene.
“We never know from one day to the next what type of call we will receive during our shift,” reads the police department’s Facebook page. “Today was no exception, but a snake in the toilet was not on our list of possibilities.”
The “harmless” ratsnake (Pantherophis spiloides) are relatively common throughout the state, according to the AWF.
Also known as the central ratsnake, hen snake, midlands ratsnake, or pilot black ratsnake, this species is predominantly gray in color, with brown to dark gray markings.
The diet of these snakes when they are adults mainly includes mice and bird eggs, although they will occasionally consume birds, insects, rats, bats, and other small mammals.
Ratsnakes are very good climbers and have been observed climbing trees and buildings in search of birds and their eggs, or to find cavities where they can nest.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, these snakes are not aggressive and pose no risk to humans or their pets, although they will bite if threatened.
The ratsnake found in Eufaula’s house was removed by police who released the “unwanted visitor” into a more suitable habitat.
According to Nicole Angeli, a researcher at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, it’s not uncommon for snakes to creep into a home’s toilet. There are several explanations why snakes end up in such situations.
“They may search for water or follow prey that has entered leaky pipes,” Angeli said. reverse online review. “They might also just be looking for a nice place to hide.”