In an article in Yahoo News, a snake catcher describes a shockingly funny incident in which he had to tell a homeowner to go and see a medical professional.
The snake catcher claimed that his job was not always about snakes. Sometimes he got to experience an insight into other people's lives.
An experienced snake catcher from Adelaide, Australia received a phone call from a frantic homeowner requesting that he retrieve a snake from their toilet.
He asked the homeowner to send him an image of the snake.
Upon seeing a picture of the "snake" in the toilet, he immediately messaged the homeowner to say,
"Look it's not a snake, it's some type of tapeworm... "I think you need to go to a chemist."
If the source of the worm was indeed a human being, it was most likely an intestinal worm. Billions of people around the world are affected by intestinal worms but it usually doesn't occur in places with good sanitation.
Eventually, the worm was identified to be an earthworm and not an intestinal worm. It is believed that the earthworm could have fallen off a person's clothes or it could have come from a backflow in the toilet.
A professor of Parasitology attempted to explain why an earthworm would be found in a toilet,
Looking at the worm, I note that it is red in colour. Usually intestinal parasites are white or cream," "It could be from a backflow in the toilet, or something that fell off the person’s clothing as they sat on the toilet,"