A 5m python paid a surprise visit to the toilet at a coffee shop in Kranji in the early hours of Saturday, May 15.
Two siblings were working the late shift at their Kranji, Singapore coffee shop when, around 1 a.m., they heard a strange noise coming from the bathroom.
Believing no one else was in the coffee shop at the late hour, the pair initially suspected the intruder to be a thief. Upon opening the door bathroom door, however, they found something arguably scarier: a giant slithering python, according to a translation of local news outlet Lianhe Wanbao.
Mr. Liu, owner of the Zi Char (cook & fry) stall, and his sister were understandably sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ at the sight.
“We closed the file at about 10 o’clock on weekdays, but because of the new measures to temporarily ban dine-in, we were busy until the early hours of the next morning. There was a sudden sound from the toilet. I thought it was very strange. I locked it, did someone break into the toilet?” Liu told Lianhe Wanbao.
“We don’t know what to do right now. My sister quickly took a video and posted it online for help,” Liu added.
The Chinese media report did not mention if the snake made its way into the coffee shop premises via the sewage system or if it had slithered in from any window openings or crevices. There was also no mention if the coffee shop was nearby a forested area.
What was clear was that the two stallholders were at a loss as to what to do at that moment, Wanbao reported.
Regardless of the species, the snake disappeared into the squat-pan toilet before Liu and his sister could call anyone.
It is possible that the late night visitor was a reticulated python, which is native to South and Southeast Asia and is the world’s longest snake, according to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS). It is also the most frequently encountered snake on the island.
WRS also says reticulated pythons primarily use the underground network of “drains and monsoon canals rather than crossing busy ground surfaces,” to move around, meaning the presence of one in Liu’s toilet wouldn’t be entirely without precedent.
In most cases, if a snake is found, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), or the Singapore Police Force are contacted, as per WRS, and the captured pythons are brought to the Singapore Zoo. Each month, WRS receives approximately 40 to 50 pythons from around the island.
In a similar story out of Thailand, one man was surprised when a python popped out at him while he was sitting on his own toilet at home.