North Carolina Man Shocked to Find 5-Foot-Long Snake in His Toilet

Mike Green says the reptile got into the toilet through ventilation pipes on the roof.

One North Carolina man found a snake coiled in his toilet and wound up in a tug-of-war match with it. 

"He came out of a tree that was hanging over the pipe," Homeowner Mike Green told Inside Edition. "This was the sixth snake to come out of the toilet in four years." 

Snakes in the North Carolina neighborhood of Lattimore have been getting into bathrooms through the ventilation pipes on the roof of homes.

The same situation also took place in the Bahamas, where country music star Brett Eldredge found a snake in the toilet.

Ian Recchio is curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Los Angeles Zoo and a former plumber. He spoke to Inside Edition about how snakes can wind up in toilets. 

"They are sleek animals that can fit into tight spaces in their environment and they feel more comfortable in tight dark spaces," he said. "So, they will go into a pipe and feel more good about it and then navigate through the sewer system in some cases and find their way into somebody’s toilet."

If you find a snake in the toilet, Recchio recommends calling animal control officials, who can identify the species and be best equipped to handle it. 

He added that most snakes are harmless, but there's a chance the snake could be dangerous.