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Seattle child finds python in apartment toilet

A juvenile ball python.
A juvenile ball python. Wikimedia Commons

SEATTLE – A family made an unusual discovery inside the bathroom of their north Seattle apartment on Friday – a snake was hiding in their toilet.

KOMO-TV reports the family called police after a child found the 4-foot (1-meter) snake inside the apartment in the Lake City neighbourhood.

Officers helped remove the snake, and personnel with the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society picked it up.

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Society officials say the snake appears to be a ball python, a non-venomous constrictor that is a popular pet among reptile fans.

Though rare, reports of snakes being discovered in toilets are not unheard of. A Kansas City, Kansas family found a ball python inside their toilet in 2015, and similar incidents have been reported in Australia, Thailand and elsewhere.

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