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A man in Bangkok was bitten on the genitalia by a snake that was hiding in his toilet.

The term “trouser snake” has taken on a whole new meaning as a result of this. This story begins with Terdsak Kaewpangpan, a man from Bangkok, Thailand, who awoke and went to the toilet to handle some… ahem… important business. When he tried to stand up, he felt a sharp and excruciating pain on his manhood.

“I was about to get up from the toilet [when] I felt a bite,” he told Thai broadcaster Amarin TV. “I knew it was a snake right away. I got to my feet, squeezed the python’s head, and yanked it off of me. There was blood everywhere.”

Terdsak, rather than bleeding to death, had a neighbor drive him to the nearest hospital, where he received 15 stitches on his penis and scrotum. Wait a minute, you might be thinking, how could he have been surprised to find a python hanging off his dick? Terdsak and everyone else who worked out of his home, which also served as an office for his production company, were already aware that there was a snake in the home’s plumbing. They even made fun of it, saying “watch out for the snake!” whenever anyone went to the restroom.

“There are two bathrooms in the house,” he told the local media. “Someone else saw a snake in one of the bathrooms about two months ago, but we couldn’t catch it. We simply stopped using that bathroom and switched to the other. I didn’t realize the pipes were linked. I was careless.”

In about 30 minutes, a local animal control officer was able to wrangle the toilet python and save anyone else from future tragedy. And it turns out that’s a fairly common occupation in Thailand. Snakes, mostly pythons and cobras, the kind you don’t want to find in your toilet, routinely slither up the pipes to emerge when people are most vulnerable.

In 2017, animal control officers removed an insane 4,612 snakes from people’s homes, with pythons accounting for the vast majority (4,519).

A different man was bitten on the penis by (presumably) a different python in 2016. Another was bitten on the shin. Just this week, a woman awoke to find a king cobra curled up beneath her sheets. There’s a Thai folktale that says waking up with a snake in your bed means you have a secret admirer, which is kind of sweet for something so dangerous.

As far as we know, there are no folktales about finding a python in your toilet, other than having bad luck.

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