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Anaconda crawls out of a Saudi Arabian toilet

By Staff

An anaconda snake, that could swallow a baby, crawled out of the toilet basin at a house in Saudi Arabia but was later caught by vet experts in the Gulf Kingdom.

Pic credit: Al Sada

Police gave no explanation as to how the snake reached the toilet in the Western Saudi town of Madinah or where it came from, as anacondas which are normally non-venomous snakes are found in tropical South America.

One expert said the reptile was so big that it could swallow a baby.

Pic credit: Al Sada

“These types of snakes can swallow a baby in case they are very hungry and it could be too difficult to control them if they are set loose,” Sada newspaper said, quoting Hassam Al Malki, an expert at the Riyadh-based Prince Sultan Military Health Centre.

He said the snake could have been brought by a Saudi from South America and locked her up in a cage at his house but that it might have managed to get out.

“It could have crawled into that toilet to seek warmth in this cold weather as such snakes live in a warm environment,” he said.

The paper did not mention the size of the snake, but anacondas can grow to sizes of six metres and exceed 150kg in weight.