MOST reptiles would find it difficult to jump or enter into the WC from within. The easiest inlet is always from the concrete chambers at the back of the house through which sewage pipes get connected, other inlets are; through cracks, under the doors and crevices.
SNAKE LIKES TO HIDE INSIDE WC CHAMBERS TO COOL IT’S BODY WITH THE FLUSHING WATER DURING HOT WEATHER , AND FOR SAFETY. SOMETIMES WHEN IN SEARCH OF FOOD, IT MAY PURSUE RATS/RODENTS INTO THE CHAMBERS AT THE BACK OF YOUR HOUSE OR EVEN THE SOAK-AWAY PIT. IT REMAINS THERE EVEN AFTER KILLING OR SWALLOWING THE RATS, AND LATER CONVERT THE PLACE TO AN ABODE. FINALLY IT CRAWS THROUGH THE CONNECTING PVC PIPES INTO THE WC FOR MORE ADVENTURES AND FOOD INSIDE THE HOUSE. ANY OBJECT ON THE WC WHICH MAY LOOK LIKE FOOD, COULD BE A VICTIM.
THIS IS WHY YOU’RE ADVISED TO NOTE THE FOLLOWING AND TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES SUGGESTED:
1. ALWAYS CHECK ANY TOILET WC THOROUGHLY BEFORE YOU SIT ON IT.
2. DON’T USE TOILET IN THE DARK.
PUBLIC TOILET IS DANGEROUS TO USE ANYHOW. IF YOU MUST USE IT, DON NOT SIT DIRECTLY ON IT; LIFT UP YOUR BUTTOCK SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE BOWL AND BE WATCHFUL.
3. YOU CAN REGULARLY (EVERY 6 MONTHS) POUR SMALL KEROSENE, DIESEL OR A CUP OF SALT INTO THE WC BOWL AND FLUSH. IT IS POISON TO REPTILES EVEN THE ODOR WILL KEEP-OFF ANY REPTILES FOR A LONG TIME.
I was almost a victim of one. Being observant (God) saved me. I almost sat on the WC in my office when I discovered a movement below. We eventually killed the 6ft long snake. It was then that I heard stories of 4 deaths resulting from snake bites in the toilets. Since then I have continued to spread the warning, at least to more than two thousand people.
PLEASE BE SECURITY CONSCIOUS ALWAYS.
By ENGR. FEMI OLULEGAN