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Beware of the Toilet Snake

It is  when I am on a sunny beach vacation a shot of tequila or two might be thrown into the mix for good measure while relaxing in the sun.  And in the evenings there is the cocktails, water and wine that like to accompany my meal. It is in the middle of the night I always end up with a friendly visit to the loo and I hate visiting the royal throne in the dark.

  I confess I need a night-light in the off-chance one of those urban legends of baby alligators and snakes lurking in the toilet are true!

Of course, the chances of this happening are slim but stranger things have happened in the past…

My husband does not find this trait endearing or quirky!

“Honey! Can you shut off the light?”

“No! I need it!”

“What do you need it for? The bathroom is two feet away!”

“I just do!”

” I never know where I am when I wake-up and could stub my toe! Or a spider could bite it!”

“A spider?”

“Yes! A spider! Or what if there is a snake in the toilet?”

“A Snake?”

“Yes! A Snake! It could happen!”

“Fine! Just leave it on then…”

All is fair in love in war and I think he secretly knows something could possibly sneak up from the toilet and bite him in the butt late at night too!

When was the last time you used a night-light?  Have you ever had a run in with a toilet snake?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. Thankfully, snakes and spiders are not an issue where we live but I vividly recall girl scout camping and horrible creature filled outhouses that brought about huge shrieks of fear when one’s outhouse partner closed the door or turned off the flashlight. I think you can’t ever be too careful when it comes to unfamiliar toilets in the middle of the night.

  2. One can never be too careful on nocturnal toilet visits. I once stood on a frog, on holiday, in the dark. I now am armed with a spotlight the second I leave my bed.
    PS: The frog didn’t make it!

    Helen x 🙂

  3. Ah, yes! Well, no, but every time that I hear a story about someone’s pet snake having disappeared and turning up in a neighbour’s toilet, I start checking my own toilet carefully before settling. I doubt that any of my neighbours harbour pet snakes, but just on the off-chance…! Fortunately, this concern wears off as I gradually forget about snakes. Since you have now just drawn my attention to them again, Belle, I’m going to have to start checking again. Thank you!

  4. no to night light, no to toilet snake. But I do travel with a small battery operated glow stick. They come in green glow, blue glow and boring white glow.

  5. I can say I wear a head lamp to the bathroom while camping. I have had encounters with a bear cub and a male deer when heading to the bathroom. Not a fun experience and I do not care much for vault toilets either. What is with the super low toilets in some hotel rooms? I have had an encounter or two with those, especially when you have done physical activity and cannot imagine doing another squat – ha! Thanks for sharing.

    1. The one thing I hate about camping in the night is that you never know what you will encounter…I always get the stinking beady eyed spider and a fox has crossed my path. It’s never fun!

      On my travels in India I had to change the dates of a train ride which meant the only thing available was second class. Don’t even get me started on attempting to hold the rail and use the squatter at the same time. A nightmare!

  6. When I was a kid my family used to camp at a lake that had pit toilets. Oh, I do not look back upon them fondly. Ick with a capital YUCK! There WAS always a risk that some nasty, biting, stinging critter could be lurking in the torture chamber that doubled as a toilet. I know what you meant. I.K.N.O.W.

    And…when we return from long stints away from the abode, I always slam the toilet seat open and closed to spook out of hiding anything that might have wandered in for a drink. I COULD happen…you never know.

    1. Exactly! It could happen! It is better to be safe than sorry! I think one of the reasons I like camping in Canada is although there is the odd spider and some wild animal lurking in the bushes there are no snakes lurking in my potty!

  7. I thought I was the only one who worried abut critters in the toilet. When I was a kid, I read that rats will sometimes enter homes via the plumbing. Snakes? Those I hadn’t thought of.

    And now that I think of it, it probably wasn’t nice to share my phobia with you … I imagine we’ll both have two nasties to worry about in the future.

  8. I’ve not had a run-in with a toilet snake, but there WAS a very large scorpion in my bathroom a couple weeks ago. ARGGHHH! I called and called for my husband to come kill it since I was in the bathroom with no “weapon” and it was the middle of the night. Now we keep a shoe under the sink just in case.

  9. Perfect timing. They just did a story on the NYC local news about a man being surprised by a 4 foot long snake in his toilet. Yikes! Tell your husband that your fears have a basis in reality.

    As for me, the only thing I have encountered in the bathroom was a tree frog in my make-up bag. We were staying in a cottage on St. Lucia and we had an outdoor shower. I reached into my make-up bag and noticed that something moved. The frog hopped out of the bag and onto the counter. I let out the requsitie blood-curdling scream and my husband trapped the frog, no bigger than a quarter, under a glass and released him outside.

    1. Could you imagine lifting the lid to discover a four foot long snake? I would die! It’s nice to know that there might be some evidence to support my theory. Now I will be checking my toilets close to home too…

      Thank goodness it was a tree frog! I would have let out the same scream! It’s the last thing you would expect first thing in the morning. I guess frogs need a little rouge too 😉

  10. I use a night light all the time, still. I’ve never (yet) worried about toilet snakes, but I’ve imagined about a billion other terrifying things, each of which is unnerved by the presence of light.

    Also? Ghoulies. I still fear the toilet Ghoulie. Eeech.

  11. I always take my mobile phone with me if I vist the toilet in the middle of the night so I can see my way and check the time while I’m at it.Always have trouble going to sleep afterwoods so its not something I enjoy. Never seen a snake though. Not too many of them in the Uk

  12. I’ve never encountered snakes, Darcie ~ thank God! ~ but spiders yes! I light using lights because I want to see just what I may be stepping on. I have actually reached to turn on the bathroom light and noticed a spider not far from my finger (a couple of times now). Oh, yes, I believe in night lights. *Shivering here!*


  13. Belle, I howled 😀 I love the picture. That is a very fierce snake…just compound your picture of me as a very weird person indeed, I used to worry when I was small about people being down there.

    Just saying.

    1. Hahaha! Thank you! It’s my sons pet snake named Fergus. He is one of the many decorative features we have in our household.

      LOL! It could have been the borrowers? Maybe they use the flush as waterslide?

  14. A snake in the toilet is never a surprise to me anymore as I often hear it on the local news. Thank God I’ve never had any run-ins with them. I am confident I will never ever.

    I loved the pic. Reminds me of my blog mascot, Schnicky.

  15. Unfortunately I wake up during the night, that is when I need a night light for my mental bearings. It is a total freak out to wake up and not recognize any of your surroundings in a hotel room. I am afraid of snakes too.

  16. Snakes jumping up and biting people in the arse in the middle of the night?! What is this world coming to?! 🙂 Truth be told, I met someone from the Philippines who told me he had a snake come into his house there one time, and it crawled into bed with one of his kids and was resting between his kid and the wall. I swear to God, I would die of a heart attack right then and there! So, it’s not totally far fetched that one would be curled up and sleeping in the toilet! You better keep that light ON! 😉

  17. I always leave the night light on and I sleep on a mattress without a bed frame because I don’t want those monsters to have a place to hide! HMPH!

    riatarded 1 monsters 0

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