June 20, 2008 / 3:58 AM / 10 years ago

Python found in toilet in northern Australia

File image of a green tree python (Morelia Viridisin) in a terrarium at Berlin zoo, December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A 1.8 metre (nearly six feet) python has been found in a toilet bowl in a highrise apartment in Australia’s northern tropical city of Darwin, media reported on Friday.

The Northern Territory News said the black-headed python was found in a 10th floor toilet.

Reptile catcher Chris Peberdy told the newspaper the python, likely to be a runaway pet, had been travelling through the building’s sewer pipes.

“When I saw it I was pretty shocked,” he said. “There is no possible other way it could have got there than through the toilet. I had to give him a wash because he was wet and a bit smelly.”

Reporting by James Grubel; Editing by David Fogarty

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