Dave's dunny invaded by deadly 1.2m brown snake

Chinchilla dad Dave Byrne was shocked when his daughter found a 1.2m brown snake in the family toilet.
Chinchilla dad Dave Byrne was shocked when his daughter found a 1.2m brown snake in the family toilet. Photo: Jim Campbell

"MUM, Dad - there's a snake in the toilet!"

They were the words from 11-year-old Sienna that frightened the life out of her dad, Dave Byrne.

Dave, who has a particular fear of snakes, initially thought his daughter was playing a prank but, unfortunately, it was all too true.

"It was there all right," Dave said.

"I'm petrified of them but it shook us all up. It really did."

Dave put a quick call in to his mate Mark Chilcott, a registered snake catcher in Chinchilla.

Within half an hour Mark was trying to wrangle the 1.2m brown snake out of the porcelain throne.

Mark, a self-confessed snake fan, said there had been a big increase in the number of snakes seeking refuge from the heat in recent weeks inside houses in the Chinchilla region.

"Snakes will cook in this heat if they don't have a cool area to hide away, and a house is perfect for that," Mark said.

"With the recent mice increase, snakes are really out hunting and once they have a feed they will want to sit somewhere cosy inside to digest their food."

Surprisingly, Mark said it was not the first snake he had caught in a Chinchilla toilet recently with another slippery serpent found hiding out in a motel toilet.

RACQ CareFlight warned residents to be on the lookout after two people were airlifted following snake bites last week.

On Thursday, a young girl was airlifted from Tara to Toowoomba Hospital with a suspected snake bite and three days earlier a Taroom woman was flown to Toowoomba after being bitten.

In a typical year RACQ CareFlight airlifts about five people suffering snake bites.

But six people have already been airlifted in the past month in a shocking start to snake season.

The service has also airlifted bite victims from Tara, Chinchilla and Warwick to Toowoomba for lifesaving treatment.


In Chinchilla, Dave Byrne was just happy to see the back of the snake that he said "could have easily" killed his daughter.

"When we go to the toilet now we check under the lid first every time," he said.

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