Watch out! Some of these animals can often be found hiding in a toilet bowl

So there you are, getting on with your business as usual in the ‘sacred’ place that is the toilet. Once you’ve finished up and are about to flush, you suddenly see something that is not supposed to be there.

Whether it’s due to the cold, hunger, or heat, it’s not uncommon for animals to creep into human territory. Seeing them in a particularly random area (like a toilet bowl) can evoke all sorts of emotions.

Some that aren’t particularly good swimmers will try and find another way out, like coming out of the toilet bowl – which can be a harrowing experience because you don’t expect to see something like that.

Gumtree lists some of the animals that have been found in the toilet bowl:

Cockroaches

They are commonly found in dark or damp places where they hide and breed, but they’ve been known to enter homes through open sink plugs. Fridges and stoves are some of the familiar places, though dirty dishes and leftover food will bring them out of hiding. Because they also need to drink water, the best place to do that is in the toilet. A cockroach can’t be killed by flushing it down the toilet because it can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes and live in the sewer.

Rats

There’s nothing that makes people freak and gross-out more than seeing a rat scurry (and probably touch their leg) across their path. Rats are always searching for food and will most commonly be found in the dirtiest of places – like sewers. Toilets are linked to the sewer system, and rodents can navigate the various piping layouts to find their nearest source of food or water. There have been instances where rats have gained access to households via the toilet.

Snakes

The slithery serpents already scare people when seen on TV or from a distance but imagine one making your toilet bowl its home, and you don’t even know. Snakes have been known to hide inside the toilet’s inner rim (entering via the drainage system) as they provide a source of heat and catch any prey. There has been an instance where a venomous King Cobra was found inside a toilet which can be hazardous if the snake becomes aggressive.

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